Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

After all, when a loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia everyone could use a helping hand.

That’s why we have a monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at The Willows on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, with an optional lunch after.

At these meetings you can learn from a professional moderator from St. Croix Hospice who can answer all of your questions. A really helpful benefit of the Support Group is that you are with others on the same journey as you–with many of the same experiences and questions you may have.

In this group, you no longer need to feel alone navigating the challenge of living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Questions like; “What is the best thing for them now?” or “How do I handle it when Mom or Dad acts this way or that way?” These are universal, and everyone has moments where they feel overwhelmed and alone.

Properly dealing with loved ones with memory issues is not intuitive. It is not something you just “figure out.” Help is crucial, and understanding is vital. And our Support Group at The Willows can give you both.

If you’re worried about how to get started, know this; these are informal meetings. Everyone is welcome. There is no form to fill out, no information to share…just come listen, ask questions if you want to but there is no pressure from anyone.

You can come as many times as you like. Our group has been a resource for families since 2019 and folks usually return with more questions.

You don’t need to feel alone when a loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Reach out and come visit. It’s free, it’s easy and it can really help.

And if you have any questions, I’m just a phone call away. 641 485 1672.

Call anytime

Jennifer Stanley
Executive Director
The Willows of Marshalltown

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

But somehow the playing field always seems to shift again, doesn’t it?

The only constant that seems to stay is change.

Take Marshalltown for example. Remember Skate Town? The Mall? Stones Restaurant? All those buildings taken out by the tornado and derecho?

We dealt with those changes. They weren’t easy, but we’re Marshalltown Strong, so we got through it. And you know, every change we weathered; they all made us stronger.

Growing older is another change we all face. Grocery bags get heavier to carry, the stairs get harder and our memory takes some vacations.

Should we be surprised? Heck no. Should we be fearful? Of course not. Because we will weather these changes like all the rest and come out stronger for it.

I know, it’s easier said than done, right? But you know what? Aging just happens to be my specialty. A big part of my work every day is bringing understanding and confidence to the elderly in our community and helping them and their adult children navigate this next change in life.

Everyone who is aging or has aging parents needs an experienced advisor. Trying to figure this out on your own can lead to many missteps that could otherwise be avoided. This is one of life’s most crucial times and you need an experienced teammate.

Call me some time. My cell phone is – 4851672 – I’m here to help. We can chat on the phone, or you can have a coffee here at The Willows and I can answer any questions you might have and hey, you can meet some of our wonderful residents while you’re at it.

Because you know what? This change doesn’t have to be scary, in fact, it just might be the next great adventure, and I can be your guide.


Jennifer Stanley
Executive Director
The Willows of Marshalltown

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

I was born just a few weeks before my Mom graduated from high school. Right here in Marshalltown.

While I’m sure that raising me so young couldn’t have been easy, my Mom always had a wisdom beyond her years and she built a strong roadmap for me.

My Mom taught me that it was OK to be a kid and not grow up too fast, but she also showed me how to set goals and then achieve them, she encouraged me without pressuring me, she loved me, she cared for me, she supported me in everything.

Far too soon, at 36 years of age, I lost her. I was only 18 and my stepdad had passed just before her. My younger sister, brother and I were on our own.

During that incredibly difficult time, I began to realize that even though she was gone, the roadmap she left was still part of me. She had shown me how to have a servant’s heart, how to care for others, how to find strength and purpose. I used those lessons to pull myself up and support my siblings, to raise a family of my own, to get my master’s degree and to work hard and rise through the ranks.

And as I lead a business now, I realize that My Mom had also implanted the seeds I needed to be an anchor for hundreds of seniors. Seniors need much the same things our families do; they need love, care, attention, and someone to support them. Which is how my staff and I try to run The Willows, like this is our family. So when I go to work every day, I get to make her proud by living her legacy.

Thank you Mom, for teaching me how to lead with my heart.

I miss you every day and I love you so much.

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms.

Hello May!

April showers… better be bringing a lot of May flowers! April ever changing. One minute it’s snowing, the next its 70 degrees, next day its strong wind gusts. It seems fitting that the spring is coming very slowly, but surely. Rainy as it was, we fully enjoyed

Read the entire May 2022 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).