November 5, 2018
Partner spotlight: Aging in place through Catholic Charities
The following account was provided by Catholic Charities, a United Way partner program.
Joyce has lived an impressive life, growing up in Maine and traveling the world. “I used to be one tough cookie,” she said. “I could do anything.” She spent a few years as the only woman on an oil tanker, lived in Russia during the Soviet Regime, opened her own beauty shop, went back to college at age 54, and worked as an animal control officer. These days, however, Joyce finds herself limited by her physical conditions.
Fortunately, Joyce has the help of the Catholic Charities Independent Support Services Program to take care of the things that she is no longer able to do for herself. Her homemaker, Leah, helps with necessities such as housecleaning, laundry, and groceries. Most people take for granted the ability to complete these chores, but with history of a stroke, arthritis, and knee and back problems, Joyce is grateful for the help. When talking about Leah, Joyce says, “She’s an angel. I believe that there are angels on Earth, and she’s one of them.”
Not only does Joyce receive help from others, but she gives back as well. Twice a week, she cooks meals for local priests. Having lived all over the world, Joyce enjoys experimenting with different cuisines, including Thai and Greek food.
Maine has the oldest population in the country, and United Way funding makes it possible for Kennebec Valley seniors like Joyce to receive support. To find local services, call 1-888-477-2263.
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