Today is August 20, 2019 -
My mother had surgery last week. Fortunately, she is home and recovering well, but she will be quite limited for at least a couple of weeks.
My father started chemotherapy this week. While his prognosis is also pretty good, he will also have enhanced needs over the next few months.
Monday’s predicament: My father had to get to and from chemotherapy, but could not drive there. My mother could not drive him and, in fact, probably should not have been left home alone.
Fortunately for my parents, they live in a very supportive community with a close group of friends and my brother and I nearby. Our sister is also close enough in northern New Jersey to come up if necessary.
What happens to the people not as fortunate as my parents?
Federation funds a program through Jewish Family Services called Project 5. As detailed on their website, Project 5 is inspired by the 5th Commandment to honor our parents. They use trained volunteers to drive our seniors to and from Capital Region destinations for medical appointments, shopping, events, or simply errands.
An African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It takes the same village to care for our seniors.
For more information, please call Lisa Gally at (518) 482-8856.