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