About Joy


Joy Golliver is an Involuntary Expert who got On The Job Training beginning in 2000 when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has “been there and done that” while maintaining a positive, bright attitude. She didn’t choose for this to be her life work, but in May 2008 at a spiritual retreat, it became clear that God had other plans. This is her story:

“At the retreat I kept telling people that “my life was on hold,” that I was attending the retreat because I wanted to find a sense of peace and calm while caring for my husband Bob. In a meditation session, God made it perfectly clear that my life was not on hold, he had moved me to a CCRC in Tucson Arizona, for a reason. It was a Call to Serve. I “let go and let God” and resources began to flow in. I was to use my skills in research, writing, and speaking and pass on what I had learned about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s with dignity, love, and a positive attitude.” Joy’s husband of 54 years moved into permanent memory support in January of 2009.

Joy has written Self Care for Caregivers: The Most Important Person In The Experience Is YOU! and a tip booklet, Self Care for Caregivers: 161 Tips To Make Your Life Easier. These publications are for anyone serving in a caregiving role for a loved one with a chronic illness or disease. She is available for speaking engagements and workshops around the United States.

Previously Joy Golliver was founder of the nonprofit Ignite The Community Spirit and presented keynotes across the United States and worked in Kobe Japan. She is the author of two books on creative community service and a national volunteer newsletter.

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