Taressa Green carries not only a song in her heart, but many songs in her heart that she gladly shares with those around her.

“She has a very melodious singing voice that she shares to uplift people,” explains Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center Administrator Mattie Banks.

Ms. Green enjoys socializing with residents in the nursing home to include leading Bible study groups and singing at programs. She was the singer for the Living Legend Ceremony, sang at the Gospel Concert Under the Sun and participated in the Ms. Birmingham Nursing Talent Show.

“This nursing home is a good spiritual environment,” said Ms. Green. “This is where I get the professional help I need and the environment keeps me motivated. I keep myself and fellow residents encouraged by singing and giving words of inspiration. I like seeing others happy.”

The 60-year-old is also very attentive and will sit and listen to what people have to say. As Vice-President of the Resident Council, Ms. Green is an advocate for her fellow residents. She enjoys connecting with residents through playing bingo, penny auction and table games as well as working on the computer and teaching others how to use the computer.

“There are benefits and rewards that come with engaging in activities and being among others,” said Ms. Green. “I believe that nursing home rehabilitation improves the quality of life. I continue my active social and professional life here.”

“Ms. Green motivates others. She is a positive person in letting people know what it is really like to live in a nursing home,” said Mrs. Banks. “She is very caring and thoughtful with such a beautiful spirit about herself.”

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Green lived in Sacramento, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, before returning to her hometown. She was a tax preparer and tax consultant and also helped entrepreneurs start their businesses.

She has four children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. “My first great grandchild was born one day after my birthday. I was overjoyed, overwhelmed, and elated,” said Ms. Green.

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Editor’s note: This is the first story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2016 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 12, we’ll post a story about Ms. Cottage of the Shoals Pamela Groves.

Stacy Smith, APR, is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Alabama.