On Tour

3in4 Association and Dr. Marion Team Up with Emeritus to Shine the Spotlight on Seniors and Long-term Care Planning

"Win Free Rent" Senior Talent Competition and Cross-Country Bus Tour Will Lead Off Nationwide Awareness Campaign This May

SEATTLEMarch 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization 3in4 Association and its spokesperson, elder care expert & author Dr. Marion, today announced a partnership with Emeritus Senior Living, a leading national provider of senior living services, to raise awareness about the crucial need for Americans to form a plan for their long term care needs.

Senior care contest

The partnership will kick off on May 1 with the jointly sponsored "Bring Your Talent" contest, a search to find America's most talented seniors and caregivers. Emeritus will offer a series of prizes for contestants to win free rent at one of its senior living communities – one full year for the grand prize winner, and one week each for 11 runners-up. Emeritus will also serve as a sponsor of the 3in4 Association's cross-country bus tour this spring, part of its 3in4 Need More educational campaign to raise awareness about planning ahead for long-term care Dr. Marion will drive the 3in4 bus to more than 50 cities across the US – including 25 Emeritus communities – to talk with seniors and their caregivers as well as community leaders, local politicians, and industry professionals about the emotional and financial impact of long-term care.

"Working with thousands of seniors each day, we've seen first-hand how a lack of planning can blindside a family when the time comes to provide care, whether it's for their loved ones or themselves," explained Jayne Sallerson, Executive Vice President at Emeritus Senior Living. "By partnering with 3in4 Association and Dr. Marion, we have a real opportunity to help change that – not only by improving access to information and awareness, but by directly alleviating the long-term care costs for a dozen families who are struggling with this issue right now."

The 3in4 Need More campaign focuses on educating Americans about the products, services, facilities, entitlement programs, and other solutions available for them to consider as they formulate a plan for their long-term health care needs. According to Dr. Marion, without a plan, it's a plan to fail.

"Our campaign is all about celebrating our seniors and protecting their well-being. What better way to do this than by inviting them to showcase their talents on a national stage, while also equipping them the tools they need to better prepare for their long-term care needs," said Dr. Marion. "We are so fortunate to have Emeritus' support in bringing much-needed attention to this growing crisis."

Information about the contest and tour will be available online at www.3in4NeedMore.com and www.FreeRentGiveaway.com.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DR. MARION:

Spring into Health Mayor's Walk, Denver, CO (Connie Larscheidt)

"We couldn't have been more thrilled with Doctor Marion as our keynote speaker. What a fun, informative woman! Her vivaciousness set the tone for a truly exciting event and her genuine care of the elderly and professional know-how clearly shone through in her sparkling, inspiring speech. Not only was she a fantastic speaker, but an available one as well. Immediately after she spoke, she was walking around, interacting with caregivers and the older adults in attendance. She made herself available until every last person's questions were answered and didn't turn even one person away. I believe everyone on our committee will agree when I say, we would have her back to speak in a heartbeat."

First Union Baptist Missionary Church, San Francisco, CA (Pastor Dewayne Byrdsong)

"Doctor Marion's presentation at our church was absolutely wonderful! My congregation as a whole found her extremely encouraging, entertaining and inspiring. Since her visit to First Union Church, I've seen first-hand the change in my congregational members' outlook. Doctor Marion helped them break down the overwhelming task of caring for aging parents into very manageable bites and explained things in such a way that even the elderly themselves could benefit from. My only wish is that she would come back sooner."

Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ (Migdalia Rivera)

"...everyone loved you...you are very empathetic and compassionate about your field. It is so great that you are willing and able to share your knowledge and compassion with others. Thank you for contributing your time and giving a wonderful presentation...everyone was very grateful." 

Park Slope United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, NY (Zoe Moffitt)

“We were so grateful to have this opportunity to hear your stories and advice. Everyone at the event walked away with practical information that they will be able to use to better handle these often challenging and emotional situations. The tips and suggestions were really helpful, but beyond that, you inspire new confidence and a sense of 'can do' in people caring for aging parents in some of these quite overwhelming situations.”

Making Choices for Independent Living, Baltimore, MD (Andrea Bunicontro, Executive Director)

“When Doctor Marion visited our Center, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn about ways that we could improve and expand services and supports to the elderly in a holistic and person-centered way. She has a wealth of information and ideas.”

GLCCB, Baltimore, MD (Gary Wolnitzek, Programs Manager)

“Doctor Marion’s visit to Baltimore and to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) was timely. As the baby boomer population begins to age, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community will need to begin a dialogue on how to provide the best continuous care for this segment of our community. Doctor Marion’s insight and advice provided us with the tools to begin this dialogue.”

Department of Elder Affairs, Tallahassee, FL (Christine R. Kucera, Caregiver Support Programs)

“Doctor Marion delivers her 10 steps to help care for an aging loved one based on hands on experience and knowledge in a manner that any caregiver or professional can understand and appreciate.  Her commitment to advocate on behalf of caregivers nationwide is noble and admirable.”

The Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL (JoAnn Westbrook N.H.A)

“I wanted to take time to thank Doctor Marion for the time she spent with us at the Pines.  I only wish we could have had more time.  She is a wealth of knowledge and our staff truly enjoyed her presentation.  We were interested in her book as we are starting a program that will reach out to the community and her message and ideas were very helpful.  Please thank her for us and we hope that if she takes another tour she will let us know and we will find more time to explore with our families.”

Hopkins ElderPlus, Baltimore, MD (Karen Armacost, RN, BC, MSA, Program Director)

“The highlight of Doctor Marion's visit was the time that she spent talking with family caregivers. She connected with the caregivers and engaged them easily.

She was warm and supportive as she encouraged the caregivers to be sure to take care of themselves. She showed genuine interest in the caregivers' stories and seemed to learn from them as well. Overall, it was a very pleasant morning and lunch, especially for the caregivers.”

The Laurels and The Haven Assisted Living, Charlotte, NC (Stacy Carter, Regional Director of Public Relations)

“I had the pleasure of meeting Doctor Marion on October 25, 2007 in Charlotte, NC.  She made a visit to our Alzheimer's and Dementia assisted living residence, The Haven in Highland Creek.  During her time with at The Haven, I learned more about her and the Aging in America Bus Tour.  Doctor Marion quickly absorbed our culture and embraced our accomplishments within minutes of her arrival.  She talked with staff, residents and family members and took the time to learn more about what drives us to work in a setting such as The Haven.  I applaud her efforts and support her cause and I look forward to learning more about our industry upon the summation of her tour.”

National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Centers, Washington, DC (Terry Stone, Executive Director) 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with Doctor Marion.  It was a great experience for me to be able to share my personal and professional experiences of being part of and working in the LGBT community.  Thanks for sharing the laughter and tears.”

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