Tips On Find­ing A Place To Put Sparkle Into The Golden Years

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

(NAPSA)-If you’re ever among the es­ti­mated 65 mil­lion Amer­i­cans car­ing for loved ones, a look at one fa­mous fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence may be use­ful to you. Joan Lun­den, former host of “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” wife, mother of seven and care­giver to her mother, Gla­dyce, was faced with the chal­lenge of find­ing the right se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity for her mom. Lun­den found her­self com­pletely un­pre­pared for what was ahead. “My mom was al­ways a so­cial but­ter­fly,” re­called Lun­den. “I thought she would live in a place where she could make friends, en­ter­tain and so­cial­ize, but I quickly came to re­al­ize that ver­sion of my mom no longer ex­isted. The com­mu­nity we ini­tially chose was lovely but did not meet her needs.” Gla­dyce’s first com­mu­nity lacked crit­i­cal as­pects of me­mory care that would help her cope with de­men­tia, a con­di­tion that was wors­en­ing with time. “We had to move a cou­ple of times but ul­ti­mately found a small res­i­den­tial home in my mom’s area that pro­vided the hands-on, day-to-day care she needed. It was a long jour­ney, but we fi­nally ar­rived at the right place,” Lun­den added.

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Joan Lun­den, former host of “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” here with her mother, Gla­dyce, has ad­vice for care­givers look­ing for se­nior liv­ing op­tions for their loved ones.

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