BY:  Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

  President Elder Connections


Geriatric Care Managers often enter the scene when an elderly client and their family are facing a life crisis.  Imagine my delight when I received a call from an elder law attorney’s office acting on behalf of his client.  The request was simple — arrange for Annabelle to attend a reunion of her former co-workers in New York.

Life Lessons to Learn

Annabelle Kerins, 65 years old, is a retired entertainment journalist who worked for Newsday in Long Island, New York.  She has always been an “event junkie” and an avid world traveler.  Annabelle is vehement about not letting Parkinson’s disease get in the way of her living this dream.  A lesson taught to all of us.

Live Fully –  no matter what

My assignment was to make it possible for Annabelle to attend her reunion.  Parkinson’s disease is a wicked adversary when it comes to traveling.  As the disease advances, mobility is marginal and the need for care escalates.  Confined to a wheelchair and dependent upon others, Annabelle requires support, nursing home lodging, a wheelchair van, a driver, equipment and the love of family and friends supporting her in New York and Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                                                        ————————————-l;——————————————————————————————–.

Senior Travel Dreams become Reality

Although she receives the care of others, Annabelle Kerins also contributes priceless gifts of her own.  She inspires others to look beyond physical limitations.  Parkinson’s disease does not get in the way of her determination and commitment to living her life.  This reunion became a life mission for both of us.  What dreams are you aspiring to?  Better Senior Care begins with dreams, plans and action — let us help you.