During these past few months, I have realized how easily a house, a physical building or a place of work, can become a home, a place with emotional attachment, where I feel like I belong.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
With a recent documentary as well as the upcoming film starring Tom Hanks, the iconic children's program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is having a renaissance moment. At H.O.M.E., we've been inspired by the show, too.
On January 18th the fifth season of Grace and Frankie was released on Netflix. If you haven’t binged watched it already, Grace and Frankie tells the story of two former rivals who became roommates and later friends when their husbands leave them to marry each other after a long affair. The hilariously witty show does a wonderful job highlighting the experiences and struggles many older adults face and can teach us so much about aging and the importance of relationships.
“Like cattle. They were just hauling them out,” said a certified nursing assistant about to lose her job of 29 years at a rural South Dakota nursing home in Mobridge, closing because it ran out of money.
“Black history talks about the strength and determination of a people to be all that they could be.”
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!
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.
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.