GENEVA – Sharon Brazill, marketing director for Arden Courts of Geneva, an Alzheimer’s and dementia facility, will retire as of Friday, the company announced.
Brazill, who also is a Geneva Township trustee, has worked for Arden Courts since 2000, said executive director Pam Sebern.
“She started as administrative services coordinator when there was a trailer on an empty lot,” Sebern said. “Within a year, she was promoted to marketing director. The way our business works – when people inquire about moving into the building, usually the first person they talk to is the marketing director.”
Arden Courts changed part of its descriptive name to Memory Care Community about 18 months ago because it serves people with all types of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s, Sebern said.
“Sharon is well-known to anyone whose family member has Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Sebern said. “She’s worked with the families of the 560 people who have moved into the building – those people she helped directly. But there are countless others she’s talked to who have never moved into the building. If they cannot afford private pay, she has done referrals.”
Sebern said Brazill is well-known for her expertise in helping families with dementia and said “she’ll be sitting in a restaurant and someone will come up to her, asking questions.”
While Brazill is retiring from her full-time job at Arden Courts, Sebern said Brazill told her she will continue her work as a township trustee, with the Geneva Senior Center, on the Elderday Center board in Batavia, and with Central Kane County TRIAD, a cooperative of local police and of Geneva Township that works to help reduce crimes against the elderly.
Brazill could not be reached for comment.