“A homeless man for over 30 years, who lives inside his car, repairs a bicycle on Sept. 23, 2015 in Hollywood.” – Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
“In some parts of the country, like Central Florida, senior citizens make up about 10 percent of the homeless population.”
“The population of sheltered homeless seniors, age 62 and older, in the U.S. population rose from 2.9 percent to 4.7 percent from 2007 to 2016. That’s according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In some parts of the country, like Central Florida, senior citizens make up about 10 percent of the homeless population. And because there’s an affordable housing crunch, some homeless seniors are now living out of their cars.”
“Contributing factors: health inequity, discrimination and lack of cultural competency”
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by Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
“Jodi Savage was her grandmother’s caretaker in her last days. Like many black Americans, her grandmother’s cultural beliefs and religious background led to very little discussion around the end of life. Culturally speaking, black Americans on the whole tend to avoid discussing end-of-life topics for fear of speaking things into existence. Focus is placed on making the best of the time you’re given. A lack of cultural competency from physicians led to a misunderstanding of Savage’s grandmother’s needs and minimal support through the death-planning process. Savage endured all of this while trying to remain strong as her grandmother battled Alzheimer’s.
“Savage wasn’t prepared for the process of making such impactful decisions on her grandmother’s behalf. No one assisted her with end-of-life planning during the process of caretaking, and she didn’t discuss end-of-life care until the night before her grandmother died.”
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Part of the LIVING TO THE END OF LIFE SPECIAL REPORT
(Editor’s note: This content is provided by The John A. Hartford Foundation, a Next Avenue sponsor.)
Centenarians are more visible than ever before. This article has several portraits of the active 100 + year-olds living in the county. “They are not only living longer but are living better, thanks to relative prosperity, better nutrition and medical advancements.”
“Violet Ickes, 108 – ‘I never thought of getting old. I was just busy living.’”
“Jim Sheffer, 100 – ‘I’ve loved my life. It’s my strong desire to live and live’”
“Aldine Stewart, 106 – ‘The good Lord has sustained me … I know he has the plan’”
“Roberta Frank, 103 – ‘You live one day at a time. That’s my motto.’”
“Marguerite Walters, 100 – ‘I don’t know why I’m here, but I’m having a good time’”
“Anna Weaver, 102 – ‘I’d like to see what he thinks now that I’m 102.’
Do you remember reading this LNP – Always Lancaster article from earlier this year?
“100-year-old Lancaster sales representative enjoys work, has no plans for retirement: ‘Why should I give it up?'”
“A project for former service members could become a model for other cities in the United States.”
“In a community of tiny houses in Kansas City, Mo., Air Force veteran Leo Morris now calls #3 his own. (Christopher Smith/For The Washington Post)”
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 13 tiny houses sit in neat rows on the small plot of land in south Kansas City. There’s a comforting uniformity to the group, each structure a simple A-frame or slant roof, painted a rich hue: deep blue or dark maroon, slate gray or mustard yellow. An American flag flies outside most of the homes.
The lives inside also match. The men and women here have all served their country in uniform. And every one of them was homeless before arriving this year and being given their own address and key.
“’We build communities — communities that are the beginning of a journey for those who said yes to this country and need someone to say yes back to them,’ said Brandonn Mixon, an entrepreneur who helped to found the Veterans Community Project out of frustration with the usual efforts to get veterans off the streets.”
Continue reading this Washington Post article here.
Though this article comes from the Australian version of The Conversation, “Everyone has their own idea of what quality of care and quality of life in residential aged care may look like. The Conversation asked readers how they would want a loved one to be cared for in a residential aged care facility. What they said was similar to what surveys around the world have consistently found.“
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