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Retired nurse writes children’s book about learning from the elderly

Vickie Rodgers, a recently retired nurse from the Metro East, has written a children’s book about the unique bond that can occur between children and the elderly.

“Ms. Ruby and the Gigi Squad” tells the true story of Ms. Ruby, a World War II cadet nurse and a resident at a nursing home where Gigi works, and the friendship that develops between Ms. Ruby and Gigi’s grandkids (the Gigi Squad). It includes activities and suggestions on how children can develop intergenerational relationships of their own and lessons they can learn from the elderly.

The book will be released in November.

Rodgers is living what she calls her “best semi-retired life” by fulfilling a bucket list item, writing a children’s book. She recently retired from a local community college where she has spent the last half of her career working as a nurse educator. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Bill and they have three grown children and four grandchildren.

During her nursing career, she worked with older adults living in long-term care communities. She said he has personally seen the love and happiness that children can bring to residents. The book was created to encourage others to seek out friendships with older adults.

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  1. Joyce Niemeier on November 1, 2021 at 9:54 am

    I think the book is wonderful and tells a story of how much joy a nursing home resident can get from our youngest generation. Thanks so much.

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