Genoveva (“Gigi”) Garcia, a 91-year-old movie buff who once was a would-be seamstress to the stars, probably likes the idea that the final reel in her life has a surprising twist: Her granddaughter, Jennifer, is not just dedicating herself to Gigi’s care but is sharing her riches-to-rags-to-riches story with others on CarePages.com, a community of millions of caregivers, patients and their families and friends.
CHICAGO (Business Wire EON) November 3, 2008 -- "As a single 32-year-old, I never expected to spend this part of my life deciphering medical bills, tracking down lost prescriptions, and scheduling doctor appointments every week," said Jennifer Rincon, who lives next door to her "Grandma Gene" in Visalia, Calif. "But, as I grow closer to my Grandma, the rewards and lessons learned are far more valuable than any paycheck."
Jennifer is among the nearly 60 million caregivers in this country who make countless sacrifices to tend to the health needs of those they love. Like Jennifer, many never expected to have such responsibilities, but somehow manage to take them on while juggling careers, personal relationships, housework and the needs of their children and spouses.
"These amazing individuals deserve to be honored and celebrated during National Family Caregivers Month for all they have given to others," said Sharon Langshur, co-founder of CarePages.com. Sharon founded the company with her husband Eric following their own experiences as caregivers for their newborn son Matthew, who had a congenital heart defect.
Jennifer embodies this kind of selfless compassion. She handles most of day-to-day caregiving activities for Gigi, who suffers from a compression fracture, hearing loss, and several eye diseases but still has a sound mind and sharp memory. These duties include cooking meals, going to docto
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