We’re pleased to congratulate Victoria Kozar, the Dementia Program Coordinator at Wilton Meadows, for receiving a 2019 LeadingAge Connecticut Aging Services Award of Excellence!
LeadingAge Connecticut is an association of 130 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together they advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.
Victoria has made an impact on the Wilton Meadows’ 65 bed memory care community by exploring the question “What if different generations could come together to abolish ageism and form long lasting friendships?” She has expanded the ELMS day program for dementia care and continues to innovate programs for our residents such as the Snoezelen room to help residents to calm the fears and anxieties that sometimes accompany dementia.
Victoria is passionate about healthcare and has a career trajectory of becoming a physician and researcher. She was Masonicare’s first Student in Residence and at 21 years of age, created genuine friendships with residents more than four times her age. During the program, she also created a club at Quinnipiac University called “Old Friends and New” where students could come to spend time with the residents and make friends of their own.
Victoria continues to visit her “friends” from her past projects on a weekly basis while creating new bonds at Wilton Meadows. She is proof that friendship truly has no age.