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March 5, 2013 > Together


"Wherever we go, whatever we do
We're gonna go through it together"

Ethel Merman belted out these words in the stirring musical "Gypsy" loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Her show business mother was both a sail and anchor, but reminiscing in song, they always had each other to share and understand their fate. Not everyone has their life story retold in books or musicals, but the twists and turns of life are remarkable, even when the world seems to turn too fast to notice. As age overtakes even those most hardy, more often than not, some life companions disappear, mobility can decrease and children grow up, trying to balance the needs of older relatives with those of their own nuclear families.

Finding new companions who share similar life experiences, decade-related memories, empathy for joys and compassion for the trials and tribulations of aging can be a daunting task. When faced with the task, siblings and children are inundated with a myriad of feelings and responsibilities that can be confusing and overwhelming. Simple requests by elderly relatives for transportation and companionship become monumental problems without easy answers.

Barbara Proctor has the solution. As the daughter of an active centenarian mom with years of management experience at an assisted living facility and Volunteer Coordinator for Meals on Wheels in Fremont, her own life journey has prepared Barbara to interact with a wide variety of people, especially the elderly, in search of comfort, empathy and companionship. Known in her family as a "Gorgeous Grandma" or "GG," she has transformed her bubbly personality, easy manner and love for people into a new enterprise.

GG's Caring Companion Service is filled with energy and fun. The company motto, "Getting older is not for sissies - I can help!" says it all. Proctor not only fills in when needed for trips to the doctor, shopping, lunch outings or just taking a walk, her experience is invaluable when clients and families are considering life decisions involving assisted living and adjunct care. "GG" is an easy solution no matter what the Bay Area location; she is just a phone call away. Barbara is mobile and insured to handle almost any companion request. With her trusty GPS by her side to find any venue, think about expanding the family tree with a Gorgeous Grandma branch.

Through thick and through thin,
all out or all in.
And whether it's win, place or show.
With you for me and me for you,
we'll muddle through whatever we do.
Together, wherever we go.


GG's Caring Companion Service
(925) 461-2495
(925) 200-0103

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