Violet realized at an early age that she would spend her life caring about people, how they live and survive life’s challenges. As the oldest daughter of parents who were pastors, Violet was exposed to elderly adults in her parent’s congregation. One elderly gentleman who had a significant impact on Violet’s life lived about a quarter mile from her home. As a child, her mother would fix meals that she would deliver to this man who lived alone and had no support.
An open and compassionate person, Violet embraces the biblical principle that admonishes us to be our brothers’ keepers. This can be seen in her daily interactions, serving as a Registered Dietitian in the nursing home setting. She loves her elderly population, and her greatest desire is to see them eat and enjoy their meals. She is passionate about the foods prepared and served to our older adults, and she believes that they should eat like every day is a holiday.
With more than 15 years’ experience in the area of Geriatric Nutrition, Violet has the knowledge and skills that gives her the ability to provide education to the older adult, on how they can improve and maintain their health through nutrition education and the benefits of consuming adequate nutrients to promote good health.
In her ground breaking new book, “Geri-Licious, A nutrition guide for the elderly and those who care for them”, Violet lays out the framework for individuals on how they can improve their health and nutritional status by effectively managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiac diseases through education, developing a healthier lifestyle, increased physical activities and the safe handling of foods to prevent food borne illnesses.
Violet resides in Silver Spring, Maryland where she practices dietetics and nutrition in long term care facilities.