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The Difference is You

As I travel the country talking with caregivers about the support and services in their neck of the woods, one thing has become crystal clear. The support a community has to offer its caregivers certainly has something to do with funding and geography, but most of all it has to do with people like you.

In every community that is making strides for their family caregivers, you can point to the folks who start things, motivate people and create value for his or her fellow caregiver. I was thinking of one such person the other day, when in my travels I heard from caregivers in a rather well-populated northern community about how hard it is to get caregivers together. Their support groups never seem to gain traction and fail as soon as they start. This brought me to thinking about Corky Hochler, a dedicated caregiver to her husband Harry and a community spirit who never seemed to run out of energy for the support group she was instrumental in founding in South Florida. And what a support group it is, large and enthusiastic, boisterous and sharing.

Corky passed away this past Friday and will be missed by all in her group and community. But if I know Corky, she will be joining the support group, at least in spirit, each and every month.

Become or support the Corky in your town. You and your community will be better off by doing so.



Gary Barg

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