Active retirement: Living out God’s purpose
This story is part of an ongoing educational series presented by the Good Samaritan Society focusing on the variety of ways seniors maintain active lifestyles.
Audrey Davis felt called to her lifelong career serving the visually impaired. As a child, she discovered she had very poor vision and took years to adapt her lifestyle.
Now retired, the 91-year-old continues to find purpose in helping her neighbors adjust to life with poor vision in their later years. She teaches adaptive skills for daily life in addition to helping others learn to read and write braille.
My main focus is to help people who have vision impairments. And to continue to do whatever God wants me to do every moment of every day.” – Audrey Davis, Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village resident
After retiring from the Commonwealth of Virginia where she worked with the visually impaired for 35 years, she served 20 years in a similar role in a nursing home.
As a volunteering retiree, Audrey says she feels blessed to share her skills with her friends and neighbors at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village, where she moved 10 years ago.
When she’s not volunteering, Audrey likes participating in church activities, playing games and conversing with friends and family.
She decided about a year ago to write her life story. With the help of a younger sister, she is getting it down on paper.
"It’s been an absolute wonderful honor that God has allowed me to do what I’m doing, writing up my history," she says.
Audrey says she’s always enjoyed being busy.
"One of the things I really like about retirement is the ability to help people regardless of who they are," Audrey says.