83-Year-Old Nursing Home Volunteer Receives "Caring for Others" Award

83-year-old Mae Breaux is at the age where many of her peers are living in nursing homes, but she comes just to visit and volunteer. Several times a week, she volunteers in a nursing home, visiting with residents and bringing them treats. She says she's been doing it for decades, longer than she can remember.

“I feel for them,” Breaux said, and she adds with a laugh, “I tell them, ‘I'm 83. I'm going to take care of my elders.'” She recently received the local Caring for Others award for her volunteering. She said the main reason she visits the nursing home is to just visit with people — elderly who are living out their remaining days in homes away from family and friends. They get lonely, and the greatest gift to them is often just companionship. The staff and residents all know her by name, but some resident's just call her "the donut lady" on account of the treats she brings each week.

Breaux attends Mass every Thursday at nursing home with the residents. Others described Breaux as a woman who cares for and prays for everyone. For some time, when she was sick, Breaux had to stay in a nursing home herself. While many people might dread the idea, for Breaux it was like coming home. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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