Teresa Ross Receives 2017 TRLA Elder Caregiver Award

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November is National Family Caregivers month and for the past 11 years the Triad Retirement Living Association (TRLA) has held an annual luncheon to honor caregivers for their selfless service in providing compassionate care for seniors.

David Haynes, co-chair of the Elder Caregivers Award committee, said the reason that TRLA hosts this event is because “it allows us as industry professionals to be reminded about why we do what we do for seniors.” TRLA received 37 nominations, which were judged blindly with no name or identifying information on the nomination.

This year’s Elder Caregiver Award recipient is Teresa Ross from Greensboro, who was described as “a unique caregiver.” Teresa has been diligent in learning all she can about caregiving by attending community programs such as Senior Resources “Lunch ‘n Learn” programs, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes, and “Memory Cafe.” She does this so that she can provide the best care possible for her sister, Joyce, who has been diagnosed with early onset Dementia.

Attending these classes not only helps her manage the stress of caregiving, but also allows Teresa to offer support to other caregivers in similar situations. She is a strong community advocate for those living with Dementia, sharing her special kindness and empathy to caregivers who need a listening ear or shoulder to lean on.

Teresa often takes fliers and pamphlets to assisted living communities, libraries and other community centers throughout Guilford County to promote the importance of caregiver education and self-care. She is an unofficial “ambassador” for caregivers and constantly promotes senior-friendly programs and services. Her devotion to caring for her sister, her dedication to serving her community, and her unswerving positive spirit has earned the 2017 Elder Caregivers Award.

Jody Clayton, president of TRLA, said, “This event at its core is about honoring the caregiver, but really it’s about community and the caregivers who do so much for our community.”

Since 2006, TRLA has honored over 125 caregivers at the annual luncheon. TRLA is an organization of senior service industry professionals whose mission is to serve our community through education, networking, marketing and referrals. For more information, visit TRLA.info.

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