At the Top of Her Field

Jill Lund Steco’s foray into planning activities for older adults was an accident, albeit a fortunate one. Almost twenty years ago, with a degree in special education, Jill had experience working in an elementary school. The schedule, however, wasn’t compatible with her wish to be home with her young children. Jill chanced upon an ad in a church bulletin, for an activities leader for senior programming. This ultimately led to a career in life enrichment for older adults, that has now spanned two decades. Jill is the new lifestyles director for Friendship Village retirement community in Schaumburg.

Jill Lund Steco’s foray into planning activities for older adults was an accident, albeit a fortunate one. Almost twenty years ago, with a degree in special education, Jill had experience working in an elementary school. The schedule, however, wasn’t compatible with her wish to be home with her young children. Jill chanced upon an ad in a church bulletin, for an activities leader for senior programming. This ultimately led to a career in life enrichment for older adults, that has now spanned two decades. Jill is the new lifestyles director for Friendship Village retirement community in Schaumburg.

Over the years, Jill has accumulated impressive experiences and credentials including her Senior Fitness Instructor certification, Senior Adult Ministry Specialist certification, Activity Director AL/IL certification, and graduation from LeadingAge Leadership Academy. She’s also been a speaker at the International Council on Active Aing Conferences and the LeadingAge Conference.

Over the years, Jill has accumulated impressive experiences and credentials including her Senior Fitness Instructor certification, Senior Adult Ministry Specialist certification, Activity Director AL/IL certification, and graduation from LeadingAge Leadership Academy. She’s also been a speaker at the International Council on Active Aing Conferences and the LeadingAge Conference.

As the new lifestyles director for Friendship Village, Jill hopes to continue and expand the award-winning programming already underway. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the residents,” she said. “This is a fabulous place to work. The associates are so helpful, kind, and friendly and have amazing empathy for the residents.”

Jill said that she’s “followed” Friendship Village’s lifestyles programming for years and has found it to always be “cutting edge. The residents here go sky-diving, scuba diving, rock climbing…they’ve been doing things that in the past, were unheard of for seniors to do. I’m happy to be here, where we are dedicated to providing opportunities for seniors to continue to live a vibrant lifestyle.”

Friendship Village

Friendship Village is a leading Life Plan retirement community offering independent living garden homes and apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care, and short- and long-term rehabilitation services. For more than 40 years, Friendship Village has been providing Chicago area seniors with exceptional retirement living options. For additional information visit www.FriendshipVillage.org

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