Paulina Kay is a former corporate communications and public relations professional who has transitioned from translating corporate stories to telling the stories of the virtuous in Old Age. While taking time off for her family, she went through very difficult times that propelled her to an internal growth transformation that led her to reclaim her love for the elderly. She knew she didn’t want to return to corporate communications and she’d been preparing to what had always been her passion of the importance of transgenerational relationships in modern times.
Growing up in Mexico, with an older father, she was very close to her grandmother. She taught her that inclusion is so important and that the loneliness and separation that are so endemic with our elderly is heartbreaking. Today, we may have the best technology for taking care of our elders, yet the most important and often ignored aspect of their wellbeing is the care of those hearts growing old. For this reason, she decided to craft this book and communicate the knowledge that aging can be beautiful to them, and that they can relax and fully enjoy these golden years. This book is also her way of sharing her own personal stories of the different elders that have greatly enriched her life. She is optimistic that this would inspire many to reach out and connect with the older people in their lives.
In addition to the book, and out of her own experience taking her children to visit nursing home residents, she founded Tender Hearts, a community-based initiative that connects schools and nursing homes using a visitation and activities model, thus creating a bond made of deep sentiment of respect and values in our children toward our Seniors.
She strongly believes that elders need to play productive and active roles in our communities in many ways, and in this book, she would share a host of budding and ground-gaining programs aimed at connecting and supporting the elderly. It would be amazing that we all can be part of creating these new communities – young and all.