IN SUPPORT OF THE MJHS HOSPICE STAR PROGRAM
This February will mark the third anniversary of my beloved Jerry’s passing. In some ways, it feels like just yesterday that we were enjoying dinner with friends, celebrating our 40th anniversary, and spending New Year’s Eve at the Union League Club. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. I’ve spent the last three years grieving and reflecting.
To me, Jerry was one of a kind – a renaissance man who never lost his sense of humor, desire for ice cream, or unparalleled love for me, Allison (the apple of his eye), or his family and friends. He didn’t like to talk about his illness. Instead, he would joke with his MJHS nurses and home health aides and brighten up when visited by the music therapist and Rabbi. But that was Jerry. He connected with everyone and stayed positive. It was I – suddenly faced with the overwhelming and heartbreaking new role as his caregiver – who struggled. I looked first to the internet for information, then to a Lewy Body Dementia support group, and ultimately, MJHS.
I am incredibly grateful for the care he received from MJHS Hospice during his final months. They provided Jerry with the care he needed to live life to the fullest despite the devastation caused by Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson’s. But it didn’t stop there. MJHS saved my life and my sanity.
To honor Jerry’s legacy, and give back to those who gave so much to us, I created the Jerry Gold Memorial Fund at MJHS Hospice to help families who cannot afford added caregiver support.
I was one of the lucky ones. When the emotional and logistical demands became too great, I was able to hire home health aides full-time to help me care for Jerry at home. For most of the family caregivers I met at my support group, this was simply out of reach. Far too many were burning themselves out trying to do it all.
For every $20 you donate to the Jerry Gold Memorial Fund, MJHS Hospice will be able to provide an additional hour of home health aide support to help the family caregiver.
Since its inception in 2017, the Jerry Gold Memorial Fund has raised more than $19,000, which translates to over 950 additional hours of home health aide support for family caregivers in distress. Recipients of this support include caregivers who have young children at home, patients who live alone with no family nearby, and patients whose spouses are depressed, elderly, or not sleeping due to the burden of care.
Thank you for keeping Jerry’s legacy alive by supporting this very special program.
MJHS Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. (Tax Id 11-1630753) All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.