Rommy Wehle was in the same situation most young adults come in conflict with after finishing high school. They endure the pressure of the million-dollar question, “What do I do with my life?” She knew she wanted to go to college, but with so many different majors, and career paths, it was difficult to make a decision. Especially due to the fact that this decision would heavily affect the rest of her life, and little did she know at the time, the lives of so many others.
She knew she had a natural, and genuine love for people. She had always had a strong interest in the study of how people work. So, she started with psychology. During her sophomore year of college, she attending Salzburg College in Austria. Here, she developed an intense love, and interest in culture. This led to the opportunity to travel, which she loved. This independent period empowered her as a young adult and drove her insatiable passion for travel. During this time, she traveled to Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Brussels, England, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. The vast difference in the food, history, music, and health and wellness that she experienced sparked a fascination in her.
She immediately switched her major from psychology to anthropology as soon as she returned from Austria. She fell in love with cultural anthropology. This love and fascination grew quickly. It inspired her to start saving money for travel, to experience other cultures, especially Southeast Asia, which became her focus. She spent the next couple of years after graduation backpacking through Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America. During a trip to Hawaii, she discovered massage therapy. She loved the therapeutic healing effects that massage had on her and made the decision to become certified. She did so at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. Along with massage therapy, Rommy became equally passionate in other areas of health including nutrition and physical fitness.
Almost 20 years later, Rommy still enjoys studying health as it is defined and practiced around the world. She is particularly interested in areas of the world where people are “aging well”. Places where pockets of population are living 100 years and older without the disease and discomforts that we attribute to “old age” here in the United States. She believes that we can follow these examples of longevity in the areas of diet, exercise, spiritual connection, and purpose and contribution to the communities in which we live. By doing so, she feels that we can dramatically improve our health and our joy for life! All of this, combined with meeting her current husband Karl, led her to Seniors Helping Seniors.
Karl is Rommy’s biggest supporter! She admits that without him “None of this would even be possible!”. Karl grew up in Northwest Indiana and is committed to the improvement of this community. As a realtor, he is invested in encouraging small business, local opportunities, and the people who live here. Karl believes in the need for Seniors Helping Seniors in Northwest Indiana and the positive impact that it can have on our seniors and their loved ones. Both Rommy and Karl are always looking for more ways to get involved with the community. Rommy is also a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program which promotes independence and health through the delivery of meals to seniors that are homebound for a variety of reasons. Seeing the impact that she could have in the simple, brief moment of handing someone a meal, only furthered her passion for helping seniors in Northwest Indiana.
Rommy and Karl currently live with their 4 children in Valparaiso, IN. This powerful duo has a lot of wonderful things planned for Seniors Helping Seniors in the future. Rommy is passionate about providing a platform of support, opportunity, purpose, independence, and education on health and wellness to seniors in our community! Her love of kindness, doing good for the community, and helping others, will manifest positive and effective change, bringing success to Seniors Helping Seniors.