Soon it’s Mother’s Day, that day of the year when I am reminded of the joys of motherhood, and I give an inner shout-out of thanks to my own mother.

When I transitioned from my professional dance career I started designing wellness programs, and eventually was drawn into working with older adults as a specialty. I have often been asked the question, “Why older adults?” Other entrepreneurs and colleagues in the aging space describe the experience of watching their parents, grandparents or older friends suffer the difficulties that can come with age. They say this experience moved them to solve the problems that seniors face. They, like I, want to create something that will have a positive affect on the lives of older adults.

My mother was a young and vibrant 70-year-old when she died suddenly, so I never had the opportunity to witness how she might have aged into her 70s, 80s or 90s, or to experience what seems to me one of life’s wonderful cycles — the honor of being able to take care of a mother with the same tenderness she took care of you.

In my work teaching older adults, I listen to their issues, guide them in living healthier lives, and build their confidence to keep them moving strong. I feel I have an honored role. Together we sort out what matters most in their lives, and find solutions to help them live full, enriched, independent lives. In return, I receive their joy and wisdom.

On Mother’s Day I thank my mom for bringing me so many wonderfully wise people, who share with me their gifts and with whom I can share mine.