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“You’ve Got to Live in Their World” - Georgia Gunter and Jackie Kanfer on Advocating for Caregivers

Feb 15, 2015

Georgia Gunter is a rare Georgia native.  After graduating from Chamblee High School she attended Furman University, earning a degree in Psychology.  Having already developed an interest in seniors, she returned to Atlanta and continued her education at Georgia State, where she earned a Masters in Counseling and a Certificate in Gerontology.  After graduation, she got her first practical experience with seniors as an intern at Piedmont Hospital’s Sixty Plus program.  Upon completion of the internship, she was introduced to the Weinstein Center’s adult day program.  When the Weinstein Center announced it would be closing its doors, Prasant Desai and his partner, Chris Burd, suggested that they would like to stand in that gap, and asked Georgia if she would be interested in starting a new Adult Day Center.  After extensive planning and countless hours of preparation, Adult Day of Dunwoody opened last July with Georgia serving as the Executive Director.  One of the unique aspects of Adult Day of Dunwoody is that they provide services for a wide variety of individuals, with a wide variety of needs.  They operate their center with a health model, meaning there are RN’s on staff to assist with issues that might prevent an individual from participating at other day centers.

Joining Georgia today is Jackie Kanfer.  Jackie is a volunteer with Adult Day of Dunwoody.  But more than that, she is an advocate for seniors, their families and their caregivers.  A caregiver herself, Jackie realized her love for this work goes all the way back to caring for her great grandmother when she was young.  Today, Jackie is the primary caregiver for her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.  She is well-familiar with the challenges of providing care to an individual with a progressive, incurable disease.  This makes her the perfect advocate for others like her. 

Jackie runs a support group for caregivers at Shallowford Road Presbyterian Church.  If you are interested in contacting Jackie directly, she may be reached at (770) 559-9141.  In addition, Adult Day of Dunwoody is sponsoring an educational Virtual Dementia Tour at their facility on February 25, from 1pm to 6pm in conjunction with Second Wind Dreams.  Adult Day of Dunwoody is located at One Dunwoody Park, #123, in Dunwoody.  To make a reservation for this tour, call them at (770) 551-2722 or visit www.adultdayofdunwoody.com.

We want to thank Griswold Home Care for sponsoring today’s show. Griswold Home Care has been a preferred provider of high quality, affordable in-home senior care in Atlanta for more than 20 years.