Roughly 25 years ago, my mother became a caregiver for my grandmother. It was then we discovered the vast amount of information —and misinformation— about caring for an elderly family member. As a family, we navigated, researched and went through many trials and errors to find solutions that best fit my grandmother’s needs. It was through this phase that the Oklahoma Senior Journal became my life’s work and mission to help others avoid some of the pitfalls and confusion that arises with aging.
My father, Gordon Gunn, now 90 years young, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 14 years ago. At that time, the OSJ was at it’s 10th year in print. It has been a hard road for our family, but having the connections in our community along with the knowledge gained, we were blessed with support and opportunities that might have been missed.
I’ve learned so much while also loving so much through this experience. It’s through my personal experiences and through the stories of others I meet that I’m inspired constantly to continue the OSJ. I appreciate what I have been blessed with and what I have to give back.
My mother told me a story about her wedding day, “I remember just as I started down the aisle I turned and said to my Dad, “Daddy I am the happiest girl in the world tonight,” he patted my hand and said, “I am so happy for you sweetheart .” Then I looked at my darling Gordon and just at that moment he winked at me! My heart about melted out of my chest and I knew I was the luckiest girl in the world and still am!” The love between Mom and Dad still stands the test of time!
My family, pictured above celebrating the lighter side of life, continues to support, inspire and motivate me everyday.