"During a recent conversation with me, Frances shared that she had always wanted to return to Relay for Life but didn't think that she would ever have another opportunity to do so," said Colleen Matthews, administrator at Hickory Creek. "Frances described how she used to attend the festivities but would love to go back dressed in all pink. This is where Never Too Late entered the picture."
Never Too Late is a non-profit organization that helps senior's wishes come true.
After several phone conversations with Bob Haverstick, founder of Never too Late, Matthews was able to obtain funding to purchase clothing to dress Frances in pink from head to toe.
Frances was also able to share this experience with her family,
"This will contribute for memories that will last a lifetime. Frances didn't pinpoint one particular thing that she like the best but couldn't believe she got her face painted for the first time in her life," said Matthews.
Never Too Late's primary purpose is to reach out to people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs and adult day care facilities -- regardless of age -- and help make their dreams and wishes come true.
The time is right with the graying of America for programs like Never Too Late to have a lasting impact on the lives of elders.
According to the Census Bureau, there are currently 34.7 million Americans 65 years and older.
By 2011, there will be an estimated 40 million and by 2050 almost 82 million in this age category.
"Now is the time to ask yourself how you can help a senior citizen," added Matthews.
For more information on Never Too Late, visit their Web site at www.nevertoolate.org.