Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

I mean, what would we do without doctors?

I think almost all of us have seen the invaluable impact doctors have in our lives. From running in to your primary doc to check on a cold or cough to the on-call surgeon saving the life of a loved one. These dedicated and caring folks are holding our hand and supporting us through some of the most transformational and important experiences of our lives.

That is why every single doctor deserves to be honored on National Doctor’s Day which is every year on March 30th

National Doctor’s Day has been officially celebrated since 1933. It was organized by the proud wife of a prominent doctor in Georgia. And it even has a flower, the red carnation associated with it.

In my job at The Willows I have the honor of interacting with many local doctors. They help us to manage the health and wellbeing of our residents and work to preserve their independence and improve their quality of life. They are such important partners in caring for the elderly in our community. They care so deeply about their work and they work tirelessly to help their patients to thrive and stay healthy.

And doctors really understand the aging process. They understand that there is a lot of life to be lived, and why should it not be comfortable, social, and happy all the way through?

So on March 30th, pick up the phone and call your doctor’s office to wish them a “Happy Doctor’s Day.”

If we all do that, we can flood Marshalltown’s doctors with calls of love and good wishes make a wonderful and powerful impact.

Let’s show them how much we appreciate them and the support they have given us over the years.


Jennifer Stanley

Executive Director The Willows

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

One of the best parts of my job is meeting with families who are considering The Willows as a future home for a loved one.

People call me regularly to arrange a tour, with time for lots of questions and answers. Now mind you, I have been doing this for almost 5 years now so you can imagine all the different questions I have received. I thought I had gotten most of them down.

Until just recently.

I was on a tour I received a unique “first time” question. It really brought my Iowa pride to the surface, so I thought I’d share it with you.

After a relaxed and enjoyable tour of The Willows, the daughter of a prospective resident asked me “if it was OK for her dad to move into The Willows and still wear his bib overalls.”

That caught me by surprise, but the answer was easy. “Of course he can wear bib overalls.” We have no dress code, and we want our residents to always feel at home and comfortable.

But you know, it got me thinking about how much I love Iowa. We are proud of our agricultural heritage here, and the kind, hardworking folks who make this place home. Our farming families put the heart in “Heartland” so you should wear your bibs with pride.

At The Willows we have beautiful gardens, a small corn field and room for more. It’s a part of who we are and so many of our residents share a love of planting things and watching them grow. It’s also one of the reasons we love our location on the west side of Marshalltown. Our spot is peaceful, with views of the Iowa countryside and wildlife but still just a few minutes from downtown. Something for everyone.

Give me a call sometime and come out for a visit. I’d love to show you around and answer any questions you have. My number is 4851672.


Jennifer Stanley

Executive Director

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Lets face it, there is a lot of hard work in a lifetime. Going to school, a career, raising a family, then helping with grandkids. It can be happy work, and if you’re lucky, much of it is. But it always seems like that rest and relaxation part is always over just one more hill.

I’ll let you in on a secret, when someone moves in with us at The Willows, it’s like a little bell goes off and our residents realize they’ve finally managed to find the valley on the other side of that hill.

It marks a wonderful new phase of life, and we see it every day.

For some seniors having fun means being independent, reading books in our library or a TV marathon in our movie theater. The definition of relaxation looks different for everyone.

Many seniors look at this as the time to finally get in some fitness activity. Who cares how old you are…it still makes a big difference in how you feel. Is there a hobby you have been ignoring or always wanting to try? Writing short stories, painting, crafts, playing cards, doing puzzles, even shooting pool…these are all things we see our residents enjoying every day.

I hear it all the time from residents “I’m so much happier now. I’ve come out of my shell. I’ve made new friends and taken up new hobbies. I never thought this would happen.”

When a place like The Willows takes the hard work off your shoulders, what would life look like for you?

Honestly, I want to know! Call me anytime at 485-1672 and tell about the new phase of life you’ve been dreaming of for yourself, or for Mom or Dad. I can’t wait to hear about it.


Jennifer Stanley

Executive Director

The Willows of Marshalltown

Spring Is Almost Here!

Here we stand in the no man’s land between winter and spring… in other words, March. Full of hope and frustrations, March is tempestuous and teasing.

Picture my current frame of mind — I’m watching snow fall as I write. Although winter has been comparatively mild this year, it feels like I and everyone I know are just…

Read the entire March 2023 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).