Ten years ago, I could never have imagined that one day I’d be working with local government, actively involved in forming an advisory panel for senior citizens. However, life takes us along many different roads and the last ten years have been quite a journey for me.
As so many of us in the Baby Boomer generation are discovering, we are rapidly becoming the caregivers for our aging parents. I have learned a tremendous amount in this area from my own experiences with both my parents. It is not an easy role to play and one fraught with many stumbling blocks. I joined the Bergen LEADS Class of 2011 while caring for my mother, working part time, and dealing with two college-aged children. My motivation for becoming a part of LEADS was to further my interest in the non-profit world. I never imagined that the connections I made at Bergen LEADS and the exposure I gained into local government, would one day give me the voice and the determination to get involved in helping the broader community of aging adults.