Julia Hedges is a native of the tristate area and received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky. The most influential person in her life was her grandmother, who she watched struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease for 12 years.
At an early age, Julia knew she was meant for a career that made a difference in the lives of seniors. Passionate about advocating for the aging population and providing meaningful opportunities at end-of-life, Julia brings the advantage of having worked on both the independent/assisted living as well as the nursing/rehab sides of long term care. Currently, she serves as Account Executive for Hospice of Cincinnati, serving as an end-of-life resource to local physicians, hospitals, long term care staff, and the community at large.
Julia began her career in the aging field as Director of Resident Programs for Brookdale Senior Living. In this role, she served as a regional mentor and trainer specializing in classes on six dimensional whole person care for the aging adult: purpose, emotion, physical health, social activity, spirituality, and intellect.
In 2010, Brookdale Senior Living began its Wish of a Lifetime initiative to provide a helping hand in making some of the dreams of Brookdale’s residents come true. To request a Wish, residents fill out a Wish application explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled and how that experience relates to one or more dimensions of Brookdale’s Optimum Life® platform. Optimum Life cultivates whole-person wellness through fulfillment in the six key dimensions. More than 600 Brookdale seniors have had their wish granted. In 2012, Julie was chosen to escort the winner of the Brookdale Wish of A Lifetime to New Orleans, Louisiana to fulfill her wish of visiting her hometown. You can see more of their trip on Flickr.
Julia received her Dementia Practitioner Certification in 2016.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys performing with local community theatre groups, practicing yoga and causing trouble with her 2 year-old daughter, Violet.
You can learn more about Julia and connect with her on LinkedIn.