When Bruce Johnson first began volunteering at SAGE Eldercare, it was his way of giving back to the community for the help his father received toward the end of his life.
"Thanks to home health services and Meals-on- Wheels, my father was able to spend his final years in the comfort of his own home," Bruce says. "I was so grateful. And when I found out about SAGE, I knew I wanted to volunteer my time to an organization that offers those same services to other families."
What Bruce didn't know at the time was that he would once again need those services himself. In August 2008, Bruce's wife was diagnosed with cancer. As her disease progressed, he contacted SAGE and arranged for a live-in home health aide, whom Bruce calls a saint.
"The aide, Veronica, took wonderful care of my wife," Bruce says. "She also helped my grown daughter cope with her mother's death and allowed me time to arrange for the funeral and burial."
After his wife died, Bruce changed his will to include a bequest to SAGE.
"SAGE was there for my family when we needed them, and I want to be sure they are around for others who need them in the future."
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