Lori's Story


Happier and healthier at home

Lori Gracey

Support from LIFE Senior Services, a United Way partner agency, has helped Lori Gracey keep her 92-year-old father active, healthy and enjoying life at home.

A decade ago, Lori moved her aging parents into her home to avoid placing her father in a nursing home. However, caring for two parents while working full-time can be a challenge.

“I wanted him to have more to do than sitting in front of the television and napping his days away,” Lori says. 

She and her mother made an appointment at LIFE, where her father, Glenn Gracey, now engages in physical and social activity five days a week.

“Dad has always been a very social person,” she says. “He wasn’t getting enough socialization at home. At LIFE, he plays pool, tends to the raised garden beds, plays guitar and sings, and has lunch with his peers.” 

Lori believes her father’s experience at LIFE has led to a healthier, happier and longer life. A World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, he also has shared experiences with other veterans at LIFE’s senior center in Broken Arrow. And it doesn’t hurt that LIFE’s activities provide a break for Lori, her parents’ primary caregiver. 

“There is a progression to life. They cared for me and now I’m caring for them. LIFE has allowed me to provide them with a high quality of life in their own home instead of a facility.”

 


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