Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Q&A with Victoria Snyder, Executive Director, South Mountain Memory Care
What was your first job?
I worked for IBM part time after high school and in the summers between college semesters.
How did you get into the senior living industry?
The only job that worked for my schedule was part time Charge Nurse in a skilled facility. I never thought, as a new nurse, I would enjoy working with seniors, but I did and I have never desired to do anything else.
Why did you want to help seniors?
Because they are at the pinnacle of their knowledge and experiences. I wanted to help them maintain both their optimum physical and cognitive capabilities for the rest of their lives.
What are you most proud of?
My family, who have understood the commitment, hours, lack of sleep and sometimes emotional roller coaster that comes along with pursuing my profession and my passion. Every one of my children have devoted themselves to their professions and I feel I have impacted their positive work ethic as my father impacted me.
What do you do for fun?
Spend time with my family. We love the shore and cruising together, we love our big extended family picnics, we just enjoy being with each other.
How do you define success?
I define success as being respected by my family, friends, employers, and staff as being a fair and compassionate person. I will add that this is something I work on and tweak every day.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing that somehow, every day, I can bring solitude, happiness or comfort to at least one person, whether it be a senior in my community, their family or one the staff.
What is something that many people don’t know about you?
I like to sing. I use to sing with my cousin at weddings when I was younger. I love Karaoke. I moved to PA from New York and away from my family of diehard Giants fans 40 year ago. When I met my husband, a diehard Eagles fan, I thought one way to impress him was to tell him I was always an Eagle fan, (after we got married I confessed to my little white lie). Unfortunately it may have been bad karma because for 35 years I had to endure the gloating of my family after a few NY Super Bowl victories. That is until 2018 when our Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl. Our children and our 10 moth old grandson joined us at THE first parade! Football is my favorite pastime - pro and college. I have cheered for the Nittany Lions all of my adult life. I was thrilled when my son, and last of 4 children, set his sights on Penn State. We attend a game every October for his birthday. We were there when they beat Ohio in 2016-“oh what a night”!