Even though they both live in North Dallas, just a few miles apart, it’s not likely that Dorothy Jones and Lucila Oblena would’ve ever crossed paths. But the two women found each other by way of Senior Companions, and by all accounts, life is better for both.
Oblena, 91, lives with her daughter, Mari Davis, and is in good health. But she’s unable to drive and a bit unsteady on her feet at times. And Davis’ job takes her on the road often, sometimes for weeks at a time.
So Jones, 71, a retired nurse, helps fill the gap. Mondays through Fridays, she drives to Oblena’s apartment and spends the day there, taking Oblena to doctor’s appointments, the mall, the grocery store or to church. When the weather’s nice, the two women walk together to a nearby park with Oblena’s Jack Russell terrier, Sara.
Mostly, they enjoy each other’s companionship. Jones loves to hear Oblena talk about her life in the Philippines, where she was a school principal before retiring.
“Why would I want to sit at home with just me?” Jones says. “I get enjoyment out of this. We’re talking and having fun. It’s a win/win.”
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