What to Do about Mama?

Book Review- What to Do about Mama? By Barbara G. Mathews and Barbara Trainin Blank

What I like about this book is the different perspectives on caregiving as there are many contributors. This provides any individual or professional reading the book with different scenarios, which include common situations and feelings.

The authors also describe their own care giving experiences. For Barbara Matthews, she became a caregiver for her mother-in-law. Ten years after her father-in-law died, her mother-in-law came to live in her hometown. At first, the response was no, but as health problems began to appear, the move happened. A family meeting with all helped “seal the deal” for her to relocate and be closer to family to have assistance as needed….

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#Aging, #Caregiving, #SandwichGeneration, #SocialWork

Aging NYC Population Presents a Special Set of Challenges and Opportunities

In the Spotlight

Despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent unveiling of a $41 billion dollar plan to build and preserve 200,000 affordable housing units, the struggles associated with locating and securing affordable housing do not look like they will be diminishing any time soon. While the Mayor’s plan appears both ambitious and necessary, the current state of affordable housing is leaving many New York City residents unsure of where they will rest their heads at night.

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#AffordableHousing, #Age, #Aging, #McSilver

San Francisco’s El Dorado Elementary uses trauma-informed & restorative practices; suspensions drop 89%

El Dorado Elementary School Principal Silvia Cordero announces one of the winners of the weekly student-of-the-week award.

For one young student – let’s call him Martin — the 2012-2013 school year at El Dorado Elementary in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Fra ……

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#Aging, #Neurobiology, #PublicHealth, #School

Feeling Old And Looking For Work?

Here’s the problem in a nutshell: you’re feeling old. Oh, it starts out innocently–remember when you wondered why on earth publishers were making the type smaller and harder to read? They didn’t of course, you just needed glasses because your eyesight was changing. In Canada we switched from Fahrenheit t ……

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#Aging, #Employment, #JobSearchAdvice

Unleash The Power of Age: A Great Resource to Celebrate Our Elders

Unleash the Power of Age:  I wish I had come across this link sooner as what a wonderful way to support, share and celebrate older individuals, seniors, and elders in our communities.
Although the opportunity for nominating an older American in the “Unleash the Power of Age Challenge” has…


Alzheimer’s ‘Checkbook’: A Creative Solution

When a loved one develops Alzheimer’s, the diagnosis can be devastating for both the one afflicted and the family. The progression of the disease is different for each individual, and the tasks one is able to manage or take part in is different from person to person as is the reaction and…


Youth and Sensitivity Training with Seniors

I came across this story online and had to share it as the focus is both youth and seniors. A grade 5 class in Summit, New Jersey visited Sage Eldercare to participate in a sensitivity training. This is the fourth year this elementary school has visited Sage Eldercare as part of their…


Aging at Home: A Unique Project in Boston

I came across a wonderful story in the NY Times on a unique community project taking place in Boston, Massachusetts. Beacon Hill Village, an innovative non-profit organization, was created by and for local residents who want to grow old in their familiar surroundings. Members pay dues and must…