At the age of eighty, Jan Schuh runs circles around her eight children and just about everyone else. On a recent visit to her hometown of Valders, Wisconsin, the local newspaper caught up with Jan and got her to sit still long enough to do an interview. The subject was her recent award as one of the Women of Influence for 2015 in Albuquerque.
Jan’s daughter Paula believes that the reasons for her mother’s award include having overcome childhood polio and raising eight children while earning three Master’s degrees. Oh yes – she also started a successful business at the age of 69.
Her in-home care business employs about 60 people who do housework and are companions for seniors so that they can remain independent in their homes. “Some people have caregivers six hours a week and others need help 186 hours a week,” Jan explains. “We have some wonderful caregivers who do this work and are great at it.”
“Everybody wants their life to make a difference,” Jan said. “Certainly, being in this field does make a difference.”