Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
It's the time of year when many people are trying to think of the perfect gift to give to their loved ones.
There are lots of lists available for the latest toys and gadgets, and even for handmade or thrifty but meaningful gifts. But many of the lists are for specific age groups. Even we have shared our ideas specifically for older adults!
“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.
Today's guest blogger is Muriel Baptiste, Executive Director of The Utopia Connect Foundation. The Utopia Connect Foundation aligns people, purpose, and passion in order to create unique communities where people are “Well”, and everyone is “Adding Value”.
In the summer of 2011, I came to grips that Mom could no longer be left on her own. I paid my friend’s son Christian, then 12, to sit with her while I was away. Ultimately, I was able to navigate the incredibly complex systems that would allow my mother to be permanently cared for from the comfort and familiarity of her own home.
As someone who has immersed herself in community work, I recognize the importance of proximity. Proximity makes the access to information, opportunity, health, safety, and learning become more readily attainable.
Who would you like to be your neighbor?
I’m with Justice Morris Pashman of New Jersey, who wrote back in 1975, “A homogeneous community, one exhibiting almost total similarities of taste, habit, custom and behavior is culturally dead, aside from being downright boring.” This is H.O.M.E.’s philosophy too, particularly when it comes to age.
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.
This month we've welcomed Gail Schechter as the newest member of the H.O.M.E. family. Last week, I took some time to ask her to share a little more about herself, and why she is excited to lead with H.O.M.E.
We all know someone who has put off getting glasses or hearing aids because it will somehow make them seem “old” or diminished.