Their friendship: Alice Guilford and Terrie Rogers met at a national softball tournament in Macon, GA in 1987. “We became pen pals after our initial meeting,” said Guilford. A year later, Rogers moved to Florida, where Guilford lived, seeking a teaching position.
Their company: In 1999, Guilford’s father was diagnosed with emphysema. Shortly thereafter, he broke his hip and required constant care, so he moved in with her. After he died, Guilford’s mother was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Meanwhile, Rogers cared for her aging parents and their health concerns.
Their caregiving experiences led them to open Age Advantage in Palm Bay, FL, to provide affordable, comprehensive, non-medical care. “Instead of feeling as though we had to fight to make it work, the idea and process just flowed as if it was supposed to happen that way.”
Their advice: “To be honest, it has been a little tough, at times. There have been moments, and still are times, when one of us just doesn’t get what the other has in mind. But you’ve got to throw away your ego at times and look at the commitment you made when you got into it.“