Our inspirational story illustrates a journey of life that is truly transformational. I hope it inspires you to pay it forward in helping elders in transition whether a parent, neighbor, or even a stranger.
My name is Mary Alice and I am the proud daughter and caregiver for my Dad, Thomas. Our journey to AGE of Central Texas began after a medical condition complicated by a fall at the hospital left my father in a semi-coma at age 87. He was unable to walk, eat, or perform executive functions.
We discovered AGE of Central Texas while searching the internet and now, my Dad is a client of AGE’s Austin Adult Day Center. Since day one, AGE’s dedicated, caring staff has genuinely made us feel a part of their family. They are incredible people who unselfishly give of themselves by treating all their clients with dignity and respect. Their smiles are the greatest medicine for clients and families. AGE staff are our forgotten heroes who are deserving of our recognition and gratitude.
Remarkably, my father never gave up and persevered to overcome his unexpected injuries. He kept his faith, hope, and strength throughout his recovery period while supported by his family, friends, ministers, healthcare workers, and AGE staff. Our father-daughter relationship is transforming day-by-day because of changing roles. I now share the caregiver’s role with my brother, Albert. We have developed a cohesive partnership to assist our Dad during his transition. It is our love and commitment that keeps us strong as we take on this journey together. Amazingly, Dad has recovered from his injuries and is now enjoying his life with his family, friends at AGE, and pets.
In honor of Father’s Day, I wish to share what I most admire about my Dad. He is a man of faith and hope with proven courage for a better future whether for himself or others. Time and time again, Dad perseveres to overcome unexpected obstacles and tackle challenges head on. Dad is a social butterfly who brings smiles and laughter in the room. He loves dancing and singing to lively music. If you’re looking to smile, too, then take a look at AGE’s Facebook where you’ll see my Dad entertaining those around him.
One day, we will all need a place like AGE, because no one is immune to the challenges of aging. My brother, Albert, and I have donated $100 to AGE in honor of our Dad. I encourage you to donate in honor of the dads in your life this Father’s Day.