Patient Leader

Involuntary Expert on Healthy Care Giving, who got On The Job Training beginning in 2000 when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Immediately Joy realized that support groups for various illnesses are excellent, but they offer more support on how to care for the patient. She realized early that if she did not learn how to put herself and her healthy first, she would not be there for the long haul. After closing her 12 year business, she moved into a CCRC with her husband. She not only cared for her husband Bob, but coached many other caregivers for 6 years while living in that assisted living facility. That gave her the opportunity to test a new way of caring focused on the caregiver, not illness. Joy opened Touched by Joy, four years ago at age 74, Touched by Joy became a non profit in 2011. The mission: Celebrate, Educate, Validate, and Empower caregivers of a child, spouse, parent or friend of any illness. Joy authored ”Self Care for Caregivers: 161 Tips to Make Your Life Easier” a tips book, which can be customized by businesses and associations to be distributed to families of caregivers in need. We advocate for and empower caregivers through tips, tools, and resources. As people register on our website they receive a free tip a week. Virtual classes are also available: “Put Your Affairs in Order” and “Secret of a Healthy Caregiver? They Have a Plan B” to encourage families to plan ahead for the inevitable. Joy has been a top advocate for caregiver health for five years, with her coaching, speaking, and workshops. Touched by Joy will test a Certified Coaching program in 2014 to provide more caregiver coaching advocates across the country.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Best Kept Secret Health Activist Hero Advocating for Another

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