356. An App for Mindfulness in Caregiving
At 16 she had already begun to value her experiences as a volunteer caregiver to senior adults. Two years later, when an auto accident fractured all her cervical vertebrae, she was suddenly on the receiving end of care. As she went through major convalescence and rehabilitation, she wondered how she could possibly repay those who nurtured her back to health.
Sierra Campbell is the founder of NurtureCo, a startup that empowers people who care for senior adults—including family members, friends, healthcare staff and their employers—with a mobile training platform. NurtureCo focuses on compassionate, mindfulness-based caregiving curriculum. “We’re building a mobile-based training platform that includes video content to help people improve their ability to care for seniors, whether it be in the home or in facilities.”
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I started working at a nursing home at age 16 while I was in high school. I feel like it changed my life. It helped me find my purpose at a very young age.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“The first major turning point for me was at 18. I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended by a dump truck that was loaded with landscaping rocks. He was going at about 55 miles per hour. I walked away from the car accident, but I had fractured all of my cervical vertebrae. For the following two years, during my undergraduate years at Indiana University, I was learning to walk again, rehabilitating my spine. That really put into perspective for me what it’s like to be an aging person. Academically, I took a strong turn from computer science, urban planning and development. I started thinking more critically about my own purpose. I asked myself, how I could serve my community in the best way? The following year, after graduating, I began working in senior care full time.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“At 21 years old I think I really needed the guidance I received from the seniors, especially their ability to listen. I see many young people today constantly on their phones. They’re not really listening to each other. It’s a very different experience connecting with a senior. When you put the two generations together, one-to-one, I think magic can really happen. The opportunity to work with so many beautiful senior women who are full of wisdom makes the process very rewarding.”
Steps to Success from Sierra Campbell
1. Extend yourself to reach across generations.
2. Slow down enough to listen and develop compassion and empathy.
3. Recognize what you and your generation have to give.
4. Cultivate your soft skills. Learn mindfulness practices, breathing and meditation.
Connecting With Sierra Campbell
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