Several years ago, my mother moved to Delaware County, following the death of my father. During the months between my father's death and my mother's arrival in Ohio, she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.

To the Editor:

Several years ago, my mother moved to Delaware County, following the death of my father. During the months between my father's death and my mother's arrival in Ohio, she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.

Following her initial cancer surgery at the James Cancer Hospital and for the remainder of her life, her ability to access services through the Delaware County Council for Older Adults and the Senior Choices program not only improved the quality of her life, but also made it possible for her to remain in her own home until her condition worsened significantly.

Over the course of her seven years in Delaware County, my mother relied at different times on Meals on Wheels, homemaker services, an emergency response system and care management.

The council assisted both of us in assuring that we were accessing all of the services that my mother needed and that those services were available at an affordable price, which was always based upon her income.

As her illnesses became more severe, one homemaker who had gotten to know my mother fairly well was able to call me at work to let me know that she thought that my mother's condition had worsened and that she possibly needed emergency care.

She then remained at my mother's side until I was able to drive to her home, agree with the condition change and get my mother to the hospital.

When I thanked her for her dedication to my mom, she responded, "I couldn't leave her, knowing she wasn't doing well."

I will never forget the caring demonstrated by all of the individuals who assisted my mother.

It wasn't until she had cancer for the fifth time that my mother had to leave her home for more-intensive care. If the Delaware County Council for Older Adults had not been available to us, her ability to live independently would have been much shorter.

While every dollar we spend is important to all of us, the small amount of money spent on the Council for Older Adults goes to assure that our parents, grandparents and one day each of us living in Delaware County has the opportunity to receive vital services that can improve independence and quality of life.

I urge you to support the Delaware County Council for Older Adults' senior services levy this spring.

Nancy Shapiro