Showing Determination and Compassion

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“I just wanted to do something for my country,” said Dorothy Louise Kennedy of her enlistment with the U.S. Army at age 23.

Despite her determination, Dorothy was an only child and did not want to leave her mother alone at home. It was when a wonderful man entered her mother’s life that Dorothy said she fulfilled her patriotic wish serving as a Staff Sergeant eventually stationed in New Guinea during World War II.

After Dorothy had been honorably discharged at the end of the war, she finally married the man who had caught her attention years before. Also in the military, he had been stationed in England and corresponded very frequently with Dorothy.

Though he has passed away, their family of three children has since grown with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

While she maintains her active spirit, it is the loyalty to her loved ones that she has carried with her throughout her life. In fact, she can often be seen accompanying or checking up on her best friend Midge, whom she met at their current home, Kensington Park.

Unbeknownst to Dorothy, her daughter Karen had been researching different assisted living facilities with a friend when she came across the community located in Kensington, Md. Its continuum of services including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care was among its appealing factors as a future home.

However, the 53-year resident of Wheaton was somewhat hesitant to make such a transition.

“I had friends who lived near the building, but I didn’t know anything about it,” she said. “It is a big step to take when you’re alone.”

But alone is the last thing she found herself after arriving at Kensington Park. Aside from her ever-growing friendship with Midge, she has found a deep sense of camaraderie among her fellow residents as well as the staff.

“There is a fellowship here and everyone is very interesting, said Dorothy. “The staff is very nice and they try to make people as content as they possibly can.”

Whenever possible, she participates in the wide variety of social opportunities the community offers including tabletop bowling, current events discussions and church services provided by local groups.

As someone who has outwardly shown her care for others, Dorothy could not be happier to have found not only a home, but a group of active and friendly people who can show her that in return.

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