by Bob Tedeschi
“OAKLAND, Calif. — The elderly man winced as two friends lifted him from his car, and he walked, as if on broken glass, along the curb of a dead end street in an East Oakland neighborhood. It took him several minutes to walk 15 yards, and when he sat again he needed still more time to regain his breath.
“His eyes were pressed shut, and as he waited for the pain and breathlessness to pass, his fingertips worked the skin of one knotted, ebony hand. Finally he lifted his head and, with the hint of a smile, said his name was Dwane Allen Foreman. ‘I’ve got a long story,’ he said.
“The short version is that Foreman is 68 and homeless, and has HIV, hepatitis C, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and, more recently, lung cancer, and he worries he will die on the street. If he does, he will be one of hundreds in the United States who do so every year, dying in the kind of squalor and emotional and physical suffering that is more commonly the hallmark of war zones and developing nations.
“Such cases are becoming more common, researchers said, as the homeless population ages. In the early 1990s, 11 percent of homeless adults were over 50. Now more than half are 50 or older.”
Keep reading this article at STATNews, click here.
Ronni Bennet, the person behind the Website, Time Goes By: What it’s really like to grow old, keeps finding internet gems. This one is a real grabber; it’ll bring a tear to your eyes. And hope to your heart.
Know a person age 60 and over or a person with a disability who wants to borrow an iPad, a computer & more? | Read this.
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“Over the next decade, the number of elderly homeless Americans is projected to triple — and that was before Covid-19 hit. In Phoenix, the crisis has already arrived.”
“Credit … Eduardo L. Rivera for The New York Times”
“Miles Oliver’s troubles began in April, when he had to choose between making his monthly car payment and paying his rent. He chose the car, based on a logical calculation: Without a car, he couldn’t drive to work, meaning no money for rent regardless. Oliver came to Arizona from Chicago more than 30 years ago as an Army recruit at Fort Huachuca, the storied military post wedged into shrublands in the southeastern part of the state, just a 15-mile hike from the Mexico border. He grew to love Arizona — the dry air, the seemingly endless sunshine, the sense of possibility for someone looking for a new start. He moved to Phoenix and built a life for himself there. Now it was all falling apart.
“His car, a navy blue 2007 Ford Fusion for which he paid $230 a month, was his lifeline. It took him to whatever day jobs he cobbled together each week, most of them in construction, and allowed him to bring in extra cash on weekends delivering pizza for Papa John’s. February was slow, and March was slower, so when his $830 April rent came due, Oliver was short. The apartment complex’s office had closed because of the pandemic, and he had no idea how to reach the manager to ask for extra time. What he received, by mail, was an ultimatum: Pay up or go to court.”
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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) creates a State Plan on Aging every four years in order to provide a vision and direction for Pennsylvania’s network of aging services.
The just-released Four Year State Plan on Aging is now posted at the Department of Aging Website.
The 2020-2024 State Plan on Aging, effective on October 1, 2020, contains five state plan goals — designed to address all initiatives that the department has or will undertake to improve aging services in Pennsylvania. Those goals are:
- Strengthen aging network’s capacity, promote innovation and best practices, and build efficiencies to respond to the growing and diversifying aging population.
- Improve services for older adults and the ability to advocate for them by using evidence-informed planning, committing to data integrity and being accountable for results.
- Establish and enhance efforts to support healthy living, active engagement and a sense of community for all older Pennsylvanians.
- Emphasize a citizen-first culture that provides outreach, embraces diversity, and honors individual choice.
- Advocate for the rights of older adults and ensure their safety and dignity by raising awareness of and responding effectively to incidences of abuse, injury, exploitation, violence and neglect.
“To explore how mobile technology can be employed to enhance the lives of older adults, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine commissioned 6 papers, which were presented at a workshop held on December 11 and 12, 2019. These papers review research on mobile technologies and aging, and highlight promising avenues for further research.”
“Loneliness doubled among older adults in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll shows.” – Futurity
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by Kara Gavin
“Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce their risk of COVID-19. But the new national poll suggests it comes with a cost, especially for those with health challenges.
“According to the findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, in June of this year, 56% of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others—more than double the 27% who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018.
“Nearly half of those polled in June of this year also said they felt more isolated than they had just before the pandemic arrived in the United States, and a third said they felt they had less companionship than before.
“Social contacts suffered too, with 46% of older adults reporting in June that they infrequently interacted with friends, neighbors, or family outside their household—doing so once a week or less—compared with 28% who said this in 2018.”
Continue reading this article at Futurity.com.
“Open Thread Update: Identity Crisis When you turn 65, are you ‘elderly?’ Or a ‘Senior?’ Or what?” – Senior Planet
“The big identity crisis, which we all thought we sorted out in our teens, re-emerges when we hit 60. We can be called ‘Seniors,’ but to some people, that’s only half a name. Some people bristle at ‘Senior Citizen,’ and others have mixed feelings about ‘oldster’ (sounds like a car!), ‘elder’ or cutesy titles like ‘Seasoned Citizens.’ And nobody, apparently, wants to be called ‘elderly.’
“Forget about ‘geezer,’ or ‘biddy’ too, which smacks of ageism.
“This is going to become more important as our age cohort continues to grow, according to some estimates. Earlier this year, an essayist (who looks to be years away from worrying about it himself) wrote a long piece (read it here) about what to call an older person.
“But he’s not in the arena, and we are. What should we be called? Take our poll and let us know your thoughts – or solutions! – in the comments.