Being an advocate of senior issues was not my chosen profession, which is that of a fashion designer and portrait artist. In addition I created a ladies sportswear manufacturing & retail business, which I started in our home. Within a very short time we had a numerous amount of employees and salespeople and were selling to major department stores such as Saks Fifth Ave, as well as golf and tennis pro shops around the world. During our twenty-three years, we built our own building and I was recognized for my achievements in Who's Who of American Women". It was during this time that my mother had a stroke and I became involved with her care giving. At the time my eighty-seven year old dad was in very good health, as well as financially able to provide for keeping my mother at home with good care. When he reached 90 and my mother had been gone a few years, he started to need some care, which eventually progressed to a live-in the last seven years of his life....the last two on Hospice, in his home. He was not sick, just frail and no longer able to walk. His savings dwindled down to the point where he became a recipient of Medicaid. He and my mother, married sixty-five years started their lives as farmers and worked side by side,while raising six kids and taking care of their parents, as well. I was determined to keep my father in his home, rather than be institutionalized in a nursing home, which gave me the incentive to propose federal legislation that "the government would provide the same funding to keep people in their homes, as is provided for nursing home placement". My efforts were rewarded when U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings introduced my resolution in 2002. In 2010, it became part of the Affordable Care Act. After my father died I produced and hosted programs for both radio and television pertaining to senior issues. I have since received numerous recognition for my efforts and have been featured twice in Encore, an organization that recognizes people who continue to make a difference after retirement. In addition I enjoy a healthy life style, have a garden and cook and bake from scratch. I love the theater, walking along the ocean....and Johnny Mathis. I am drawn to interesting people and have had the good fortune of meeting many. Especially those who have chosen to take part in a "philosophy of life" discussion group I started several years ago. My intent is to hopefully have contributed and be remembered for making my time on this earth, worthwhile.
Listed in "Who's Who of American Women" for accomplishments in the field of fashion. Proposed federal legislation which asks for the same funding for in-home care for the elderly that is provided for nursing home placement which was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 by Congressman Alcee Hastings; Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's spokesperson when she ran for Governor of Florida in 2002 .