If there’s one thing that is a widely agreed upon fact, it is that 2020 has been a stressful year for all of us. In an effort to alleviate this common stress and bring a smile to the face of our friends at H.O.M.E., one gloomy Tuesday in October our team set out on a mission with the help of Ashland Addison Florist Company.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
There is a saying about motherhood; The days are long and the years are short. In our current situation, quarantining in a house with twin four year olds, a dog that sheds and barks like it’s her job and a spouse who also works full time – the days are especially long. Almost five years ago, after years of trying and a very good doctor, I gave birth to twin girls, Adelaide and Isabella. My husband and I do not have a lot of family that lives in the state, so from the time we came home with our bundles of joy we were on our own island of overtired parents, a very confused dog, and two babies.
Today's guest blogger is Pam Smith, who is co-founder and executive director at the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago. She is a historian and genealogist and a long-time Chicago consultant for nonprofit organizations.
Pam served as a senior press aide to Barack Obama in his primary campaign for US Senate and to Jesse Jackson in his 1988 presidential bid. She teaches history at National Louis University and is coeditor of The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North.
“Black history talks about the strength and determination of a people to be all that they could be.”
As a social work graduate intern, I returned to H.O.M.E. after being away for the holidays during my school break, excited to start 2019. During an outing into the community, I asked the residents of the Good Life Senior Residences program about their New Year’s resolutions, and I noticed a pattern.
“I remember thinking, ‘I have no home now. I’m destitute.’”
Natalie didn't know what to do when she found herself with no where to live. Thanks to donors like you, Natalie found a home and a community that supports her in H.O.M.E.'s Intergenerational Housing program. You gave her hope.
Maintaining independence and quality of life for the older adult population is moving to the frontline within programs and residences for older adults.
At H.O.M.E., we strive to help our residents keep their independence for as long as they are able. Good Life Senior Residences offered at Pat Crowley House and Nathalie Salmon House gives low-income older adults the chance to hold onto their independence within a communal living setting.
How big of a problem is social isolation among older adults?
I had the pleasure of presenting to Rush Generations members last month, where both Dr. Alexander Sasha Rackman and I both addressed social isolation from our individual perspectives: Dr. Rackman being a geriatrician and myself being a gerontologist and social worker.
After receiving an email from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and being a newbie to the term “SNAP Gap”, I was prompted to do a Google search to learn more! And, as I suspected it had nothing to do with snaps on comfy clothing.
It feels like the summer has just started, but unfortunately the time for me to say goodbye has come. These past seven weeks have gone by so much faster than I expected.
I am so thankful and blessed to have worked alongside coworkers who were willing to let me take part in their role in the company and with residents who were willing to open their home to me.