“The emergence of an older homeless population is creating daunting challenges for social service agencies and governments already struggling to fight poverty.”
Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
by Adam Nagourney – The New York Times
“LOS ANGELES — They lean unsteadily on canes and walkers, or roll along the sidewalks of Skid Row here in beat-up wheelchairs, past soiled sleeping bags, swaying tents and piles of garbage. They wander the streets in tattered winter coats, even in the warmth of spring. They worry about the illnesses of age and how they will approach death without the help of children who long ago drifted from their lives.
“‘It’s hard when you get older,’ said Ken Sylvas, 65, who has struggled with alcoholism and has not worked since he was fired in 2001 from a meatpacking job. ‘I’m in this wheelchair. I had a seizure and was in a convalescent home for two months. I just ride the bus back and forth all night.’
“The homeless in America are getting old.”
TED.com has the “smartest people in the world talking about things we don’t know about” in 18 minutes or less.
Here’s one that is incredible and has nearly 2,000,000 views:
“Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. “
“The dictionary defines ageism as the ‘tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.’ But research indicates that ageism may not just be ill-informed or hurtful. It may also be a matter of life and death.
“Not that it’s literally killing people. Researcher Becca Levy, a professor of epidemiology and psychology at the Yale School of Public Health, says it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart.
“In one study, Levy looked at people’s attitudes about aging when they were in late middle age and then followed them over time. Some of these people thought of older people as weak or dependent. Others thought of them as experienced or wise. What she found was that the people who had a positive view of aging lived about 7 and half years longer than the people who saw aging in a negative light.
“Now that doesn’t mean that if you think positive thoughts about aging, it’s OK to sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat a pound of bacon.”
“Conversations about end-of-life care can be challenging, even for experienced nurses. The Conversation Project has improved staff skills in an acute setting.”
Click on the above graphic to download Your Conversation Starter Kit.
This article is written by Rachel Davis. She is clinical nurse specialist palliative care, Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust. So while the article relates to treatment and care in the United Kingdom, it is pertinent and filled with valuable guidance.
“Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can save a life, but is invasive and traumatic. Leaving people in the ‘default’ position of receiving CPR if they go into cardiorespiratory arrest can result in treatment that is unwanted or offers no benefit. Updated guidance by the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing states that good clinical practice includes making advanced individualised CPR decisions for people who are near the end of life or at risk of cardiorespiratory arrest. Staff should involve patients and/or their loved ones in the decision-making process to reduce the risk of administering unwanted treatment.”
SOURCE:“Starting end-of-life conversations in hospital” – nursingtimes.net
“Housing is critical to a person’s health and well-being. DHS believes that too many Pennsylvanians who have extremely low incomes are rent-burdened, too many people experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, and too many people who live in institutions could live in the community with assistance.
“The housing program will approach housing challenges in Pennsylvania by:
- Removing barriers unique to each person
- Connecting people with housing opportunities
- Expanding affordable housing in PA
- Partnering with local agencies
- Utilizing data to measure progress
- Pooling resources and sharing ideas”
Zoe Bracci, Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Lancaster County partner, is keynote speaker at “Caring for Mom & Dad” event
Zoe Bracci, Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Lancaster County partner was the keynote speaker at last night’s WITF sponsored event, Caring for Mom and Dad, at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center Sharadin Bigler Theatre.
Zoe is the director of Moravian Center Adult Day, a downtown Lancaster facility which “provides a safe, warm and welcoming setting for your Mom, Dad, or other loved ones to spend their day.”
WITF hosted the event series devoted to providing information for caregivers and is hosting two more – one in York and one in Carlisle.
“Being a good caregiver also means taking care of yourself. In honor of Mother’s and Father’s Day, WITF’s Transforming Health aims to connect audiences to local caregiving resources here in Central Pennsylvania and will hold a series for caregiving workshops with information, professional advice, and opportunities to engage. Join us this Spring as we present sessions across the region. These events are free and open to the public.
“Each event will open with a screening of select clips from the documentary PBS documentary Caring for Mom & Dad followed by a special Keynote Address by local caregivers and experts. The Keynote Address will be followed by two breakout sessions. Attendees can attend both sessions to connect with local caregiving expertise and resources.”
“Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.”
Each county in Pennsylvania has a partners’ network that connects citizens with services and resources providers – in Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties – anyone seeking information about caregiving resources can refer to the Website: www.berkslancasterlebanonlink.org. The Website contains information, including lists of partner networks for each County, events, resources, special trainings and monthly cross-training meetings. All Link cross-training events are FREE and open to everyone to learn more about the resources available in each county.
The Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area is one of 15 service areas across the Commonwealth. Click here to see the list of Service Areas and the Link coordinator’s contact information for each.