Category Archives: Bullying

“What You Can Do About Bullying in Assisted Living | Unfortunately, patterns of mistreatment don’t always end after middle school” – next avenue

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by Jess Stonefield

Part of the Transforming Life as We Age Special Report

“A few years ago, a former co-worker got a call informing her that her grandmother had been in a fight. She had punched another resident at her assisted living facility and the director needed a member of her family to come and calm her. In the moment, some colleagues laughed at the thought. “Go, Grandma! Way to take matters into your own hands!” But as it turns out, the matter was serious. It was an example of the pervasive problem of bullying in assisted living communities.

“The idea that bullying would exist among older adults may surprise many, and it often goes undetected or unaddressed in assisted living communities. But an estimated 10 to 20 percent of residents in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and senior centers are mistreated by peers, according to an AARP article quoting an Arizona State University gerontologist.

“What’s the big deal about bullying?”

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – “Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World”

We’re providing a total of $2.5 million in funding, looking for the best ideas from around the world that can address social isolation in the United States.

SOCIAL ISOLATION

by Maryjoan Ladden

I remember reading the story of a dying patient who, when asked who to call as his life was ending, he replied, ‘no one.’ He had absolutely no immediate family or close friends. Dr. Druv Khullar who wrote the piece noted ‘the sadness of his death was surpassed only by the sadness of his solitude. I wondered whether his isolation was a driving force of his premature death, not just an unhappy circumstance.’

“This profoundly sad story struck me to my core.

“Not everyone has a social network to call on when they need people by their side. Many people feel disconnected from society and from life, and that contributes to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems. In fact, according to experts, social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking, obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol.”

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National Bullying Prevention Month | Resources for All Stakeholders

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“Bullying is not a normal part of childhood and is considered to be a serious public health problem. Recognizing that bullying behavior is an issue that demands the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators and school administrators, health care providers, policy makers, families, and others concerned with the care of children, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of peer victimization and the risk and protective factors that either increase or decrease peer victimization behavior and consequences.

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Too Scared For School (Bullying Documentary) – Real Stories | Shocking and emotional documentary about the pain and desperation of four young teenagers facing lives overshadowed by bullying.

“Bullying and suicide: What’s the connection?” – The Conversation

suicide 2For youth who identify as being bullied, the tendency to suicidality can be quite high.”

“Bullying, as many people know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. The point has been driven home over the last decade by stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd, who killed themselves after experiencing bullying.

“Recently, the parents of eight-year-old Gabriel Taye filed a federal lawsuit against the Cincinnati public schools, alleging that their son committed suicide because the school covered up and failed to prevent a culture of bullying.

“All 50 states have some kind of anti-bullying law, and schools are increasingly being called upon to implement bullying prevention programs.

“Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents.”

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