Likely you’ve seen the news reports: President George Bush Sr., 92, was hospitalized earlier this month due to pneumonia. And just four days after he entered the hospital, his wife Barbara Bush was also admitted due to viral bronchitis.
It was not a coincidence. When a senior becomes ill, it’s very common for his or her spouse to get sick soon after, due to fatigue and stress, says Francine O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Resident Care for The Arbor Company.
“We see this often, especially with couples that have been married for 40, 50 or more years,” said Francine. “And sometimes the caregiver becomes more ill than the person he or she was caring for.”
You would think that having a full-time job, plus a part-time job, would keep the Rev. Marquis Townes busy enough. But somehow, with the help of his family, he's found a way to also make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. And in a small way, the residents and staff of Eden Terrace in Spartanburg, S.C., are helping him do that this holiday season.