After 23 years of advocating for older adults, care partners and their families, Joyce Palmquist, the Barrington Area Council on Aging's longtime executive director, has announced her retirement. Palmquist was hired in 1995 to lead Barrington's aging organization as it sought to establish itself as a vital resource for older adults, caregivers and their families. Under Palmquist's leadership, BACOA grew from serving only 350 clients to where it serves more than 1,100 annually. "It will be difficult to imagine BACOA without Joyce," said BACOA Board President Richard Resseguie. "But it's now Joyce's turn to transition to her second act." Palmquist not only was instrumental in initiating myriad services and programs for older adults, but she also was most recognized for her work with caregivers.
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