About ten years ago, Arlene had to have surgery on her foot to remove a tumor that was making it challenging to walk. The scar tissue left behind caused further problems, and a year ago her doctor told her, “You are going to have to have it amputated.” Arlene was brave and had the procedure done. In her 80s, she found herself having to learn to walk again.
Arlene called LifePath for help. Now she has a home health aide who comes in three times a week so that she can continue living in her own home, where she wants to be. She says, “I'm not giving up my life!”
LifePath needs community members more than ever to make sure elders like Arlene keep their spark for life. Executive Director Roseann Martoccia reports, “There’s a bigger gap than ever before to bridge between what elders and people with disabilities really need to live at home safely and what public funds cover.”