Honoring the area's caregivers

Nearly 800 people gathered for a luncheon in downtown South Bend Thursday, May 16, to recognize all those who care for the elderly and disabled in Michiana.

People from Real Services and their partners were treated to the voice of singer-song writer, Amy Grant, at the Century Center on Thursday afternoon. Grant was the honorary guest speaker, talking about how she put her music career on hold several years ago when her aging parents were diagnosed with dementia.

While Grant’s mother passed away in 2012, she is now focusing on looking after her father.

“If not for these caregivers, many people would see no one all day long,” says Becky Zaseck, President and CEO of Real Services, “Beyond that, if not for these volunteers, if not for these home care agencies, these individuals would be in a nursing home. And without great nursing home care, which we do have in northern Indiana, those people certainly would deteriorate a lot faster.”

NewsCenter 16’s Terry McFadden emceed the ceremony for the 17th year. If anyone would like to support Real Services and its mission, tickets are available for their room makeover raffle. The makeover fundraiser supports Meals on Wheels and other senior enrichment programs.

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