Frankly, I always secretly hoped my Mother would pass away before my Dad…

I knew she would be sad, but okay. I thought he would be so heartbroken and lonely without her.

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs. My Mom, who was always incredibly healthy, was diagnosed with ALS after a difficult summer two years ago and died within weeks.

It was shocking.

And my Dad was heartbroken. And lonely. In a big house by himself, in a neighborhood where busy families had lots of other things to do.

My Dad did something I never thought he would. He sold the house and moved to CC Young, a beautiful non-profit retirement and assisted living community affiliated with the Methodist Church, on Northwest Highway.

CC Young is where my Dad’s life turned around. He has dozens of new friends, and even a “special someone”. We are thrilled.

Lots of us wonder how to help our parents when age changes all our lives.

Saturday Feb. 21 I have the honor of serving on a panel with Dorothy Roberts McEwen (sister of GMA’s Robin Roberts and caregiver for their mother) and Ron Corning, anchor of of WFAA-TV’s Daybreak, at the Voices of Aging Book Launchto hopefully get some helpful answers for families.

If you have a parent who is getting up there is years, here is a link to the book:

Voices of Aging, by Missy Buchanan

Missy is a native Texan who has appeared twice on Good Morning America.

Have a great day,



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