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Kathie Lee Gifford’s Mom is a Cover Girl too.
Joan Epstein Graces the Cover of the Award-Winning Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook.

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On July 28, 2009, Joan Epstein was front and center as her daughter Kathie Lee Gifford recognized her recent appearance in Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook on NBC’s The Today Show.

“Guess what my mother is at the ripe old age of almost 80 and she’s still a beautiful woman…she’s a cover girl,” Gifford announced alongside her co-host Hoda Kotb while holding up the magazine where Joan is pictured holding her daughter’s latest book.

The SourceBook cover story, titled “Her Biggest Fan,” offers a glimpse into Epstein’s life from raising three successful children with her husband Aaron to enjoying the amenities of her current home, BayWoods of Annapolis, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. 

As a singer and homemaker, she encouraged her family to be active and seek creativity while she spoke for Christian Women Clubs and churches.  When her husband passed away a few months before their planned move to BayWoods, Epstein chose to move to the community where she found healing from its supportive residents and staff.  With a stunning view of the Chesapeake, Epstein enjoys having her youngest daughter Michie nearby and visiting Kathie Lee and her son David in New York.

Lauren Searson, editor of the SourceBook said, “It was a remarkable experience hearing Joan’s story firsthand.  As someone who is very caring and down-to-earth, she fits the mold of the vibrant individuals we enjoy featuring in the magazine.”

And as Gifford shared her excitement on The Today Show, she could not be happier for the recent “cover girl.”

“It’s a very sweet article and I’m very proud of her,” said Gifford.  “She represents her retirement community just beautifully.”

Joan Epstein’s story can be read in the SourceBook’s State of Maryland Fall 2009 edition.  To order a copy, call 800-394-9990, ext. 1126 or visit


About Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook
Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook is a comprehensive resource to help individuals, families and professionals identify every option in the mid-Atlantic (VA, DC, MD, DE, PA, and NJ). Each issue and the robust website at detail the costs, services and amenities of all retirement communities, assisted living communities, nursing homes and services helping individuals age in place. Free copies or more information can be obtained by visiting or calling 1-800-394-9990.

About BayWoods of Annapolis
BayWoods of Annapolis is a full-service continuing care retirement community (CCRC), which is structured as a for-profit housing cooperative for seniors. The community also includes The Arbor, a state-of-the-art healthcare center. Residents of BayWoods have access to The Arbor and have a choice of the level of care which meets their individual needs.The residential (independent living) units and the surrounding land are owned by BayWoods Cooperative Housing Corporation (BCHC).

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