Monday, 22 July 2013


Joy is often found in unexpected places.  Such was my experience when visiting my friend, Maria Zakich, and her Mom during their pool time at the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California in Orange.  As fate would have it, the time I chose to visit would be the same as Theresa Walker, a reporter for The Orange County Register.

Maria and her mother

Theresa was there to capture a story about the sandwich generation – the challenges, the rewards, and the resources available to help navigate this time in life.   To watch Maria and her Mom together and to see the great love they clearly share brought so much joy to my day.  They are a wonderful example to all of honoring one’s mother and father.

Every day here at COA we are grateful for the seniors we are privileged to honor.  In Maria’s words, “It’s so important to be available for the elderly, whether they’re your parents or not.”


Tricia Homrighausen
Development and Communications Manager