Delray Beach Man's Unique Journey and Ageless Inspiration

21-Year-Old CNA at Abbey Delray Authors Book, Touches Lives of Older Adults and School Kids
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Feb. 19, 2013 - PRLog -- DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Dadma Edmond grew up one of six children, with only a mom to raise the family. At the age of 16, Edmond became a father and, soon after, a single parent with custody of his daughter. It didn’t deter him from getting straight A’s throughout high school, earning a college degree and becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). He now works at Abbey Delray, a senior living community, where residents and colleagues say he displays wisdom well beyond his years. Outside of work, Edmond is regularly invited to speak at schools, churches and other community functions.

“I want to help people grow and give them the power to overcome fears and achieve the things they want to in life,” Edmond says. “A lot of my passion comes from my past.”

Many may find it hard to believe a 21-year-old has authored a book on leadership, fearlessness and motivation, and he’s now working on a second book.

“We noticed early on that Dadma is a special person with a unique gift,” says Shawn Perrigo, executive director of Abbey Delray. “He has incredible energy, big ideas and aspirations, and he provides a lift for residents and my colleagues that makes it a better place for everyone.”

Abbey Delray recently supported Edmond as he attended a national leadership training program and a seminar on life coaching and motivational speaking.

“I believe one of the most important things is to invest in your tongue, because words are so powerful,” Edmond says. “You can change outlooks, attitudes and people’s lives.”

Edmond always dreamed of working in the medical field and says nursing is a great outlet to satisfy his love for helping people. Residents at Abbey Delray say it’s not only his words, but his actions that help them continue pursuing what’s important to them in life. Dadma’s colleagues say they’re inspired by all that he’s accomplished at his age, and how he goes above and beyond to help people.

“Within 30 seconds of meeting him, you can just tell he’s a rare individual and someone who’s determined to do great things,” Perrigo says. “He’s an outstanding member of the Abbey Delray team and a big asset to the greater community as a whole.”

About Abbey Delray
Abbey Delray is a Life Care retirement community offering active seniors a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residential options, including 350 maintenance-free apartment homes and villas. Residents enjoy a full range of services and amenities, including housekeeping, linen service, fitness center, spa, swimming pool, library, hair salon, scheduled transportation, game room and guaranteed lifetime access to an on-site health center, if ever needed. More information about Abbey Delray is available by calling (561) 454-2020, or by visiting

About Lifespace Communities
Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit
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