In the days before Governor Pritzker issued the shelter in place order in Illinois, I was overcome with feelings of insecurity. Stories of government mandated lock-downs and climbing infection rates had already begun to dominate traditional news outlets. On social media, friends shared pictures of packed parking lots and notes of relief for having scored a 32-pack of toilet paper the week prior. In the building I live in, a neighbor struck up a well-meaning, but unsettling conversation, “At least we’re young. We should be fine.”
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
Topics: community, senior living, intergenerational housing, senior independence, food security, senior hunger, Older Americans Month, senior health, aging in community, intergenerational relationships, senior isolation
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.
May is Older Americans Month - an opportunity to celebrate older adults and celebrate their talents and contributions to our communities! The theme this year is Engage at Every Age which emphasizes that "you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being."
This summer, H.O.M.E is partnering with Glenwood Sunday Market (GSM) for the fourth year in a row, which we are very excited about. In previous years, H.O.M.E. partnered with GSM to share information about who we are to market goers, along with accepting food donations from market goers.
Rather than solely attending the Farmers Market like in previous years, this year we were invited to partner with GSM's Community Shares Program.
Did you know that 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S.?
As Baby Boomers reach retirement, the older adult population is growing fast. The challenges that older adults face are also growing and changing. It can be difficult to keep up with the facts, and sometimes what we think we know isn't quite on the mark.
With over 30 years of experience providing housing and housing services to low-income seniors living in the City of Chicago, H.O.M.E. helps seniors live independently and increase their quality of life. Since we launched Senior Moments from H.O.M.E. last summer, we have spent some time busting myths that we sometimes hear about seniors.
Did you know that the Hunger Walk began in 1986 with just a few hundred people? This year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository hopes more than 15,000 will come together at Soldier Field for the 30th Annual Hunger Walk on June 20.
Join us to help H.O.M.E. and be a part of the movement to stop hunger in Chicago!
“It's wonderful to have the H.O.M.E. Shopping Bus Service. It is reliable and takes us to stores for groceries that I couldn't get to. It is very helpful and pleasant. It relieves anxiety and is very much appreciated. Thank you H.O.M.E. shopping bus!!”
Chicago’s older adult population will double in size by 2030. With this population increase, the number of seniors living in poverty will also rise and the demand for social services will undoubtedly increase as well. Seniors who live on low-incomes face a myriad of challenges everyday: access to quality healthcare, access to adequate food, and access to affordable housing are among them.