I discovered Leeza’s Place while watching the Larry King special “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” recently, and what a beautiful place to visit for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Leeza’s Place is described as:
A Place for Family Caregivers; a community gathering place and resource center committed to providing free support services, resources and programs for family caregivers taking care of a loved one with a memory disorder or any chronic and/or progressive illness.
Leeza’s Place was created by Leeza Gibbons in honor or her own mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, to help others struggling with caregivers stress and challenges through programs that educate, empower and energize. Currently Leeza’s Place has locations in Florida, California, Illinois and Texas for caregivers to visit and also a website and blog offering great information and online support. Check it out if you are a caregiver in need who would like to connect with other elderly caregivers just like you.
I applaud Leeza Gibbons and Leeza’s Place for their admirable efforts to not only publicize the growing healthcare crisis caused by the aging population and the predicted Alzheimer’s epidemic, but also for reaching out to caregivers in need of aid through a heartbreaking, draining and oftentimes thankless journey that can last a decade or longer. There is a Leeza’s Place not far from me in Joliet, Illinois, and I would definitely like to visit sometime to check it out. This is an organization well worthy of support, and I wish them the best with their efforts on behalf of caregivers everywhere.