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The Story of Bea
Bea’s story is all too typical, and it served as Suzanne Newman’s inspiration in launching The 12 Days of Goodness.
Bea was what statistics call an “Elder Orphan.” Bea’s husband passed away about 15 years earlier, and as her health declined, her depression set in by living alone.
A caring neighbor discovered one day that Bea pretty much had no food in her house, no one helping her, and no heat. Bea was then relocated to a skilled nursing facility in Seattle.
When Suzanne Newman would visit her mother several times weekly, her Mom always wanted to make sure Bea was ok. “Often times I would bring my mother’s favorite treat- a root beer float, and we would see Bea sitting alone at a table,” explained Suzanne. “I would then bring Bea one too, and her face would light up at the fact that someone actually noticed her and cared enough to do something for her.”
As the weeks and months went by, Suzanne continued to notice Bea and countless additional other residents sitting alone with no one.
Today, there are many seniors who are just like Bea. They live in communities all across the country. They may live alone without anyone looking in on them in their homes, nursing facilities, assisted living communities or in memory care centers.