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Common Problems Faced by The Elderly in The US

Posted by GVT Admin on May 23, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Many people look forward to retiring in order to completely rest, settle down, and enjoy life in peace. It is widely acknowledged that we must plan for the future in order to be comfortable. While living to an old age is something to be proud of, the elderly face a number of challenges. Seniors face unique challenges due to their age and living situations, necessitating proper attention and senior services from nonprofit organizations.

Here are some of the most common problems that the elderly face.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

3 Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

Posted by GVT Admin on May 19, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Senior citizens are easily overlooked members of society.

Because they no longer have family members to care for them, many elderly people in America end up in senior centers and nursing homes. Those who don’t are frequently neglected in their own homes. As a result, their quality of life rapidly deteriorates. Given that the country has over 50 million senior citizens, it is critical to take the necessary steps to improve their quality of life. Our seniors deserve better. Here are a few simple ways to help us better care for our seniors.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

Knowing When to Move: Caring for a Senior Family Member

Posted by GVT Admin on May 4, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Today's blog is written by guest blogger, Sharon Wagner, from Senior Friendly.  We truly appreciate her for sharing these helpful insights for seniors and their families.  

If you have loved ones who are getting on in years, they might have reached a point where they need more help than they will admit. Perhaps you noticed on your last visit they were having trouble keeping up with the house or they needed more assistance than usual. Discover how you can help your family member or loved one by being there in the ways they need.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

How Technology Improves the Quality of Life for Seniors?

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 28, 2022 7:00:00 AM

When most people think of technology, they think of smartphones and laptops. While those are definitely examples of technology, the term can be applied to a wider range of objects and phenomena. In general, anything that makes our lives easier or more efficient can be considered technology. And over the years, technology has certainly come a long way. It has improved our lives in countless ways, from making it easier to communicate with others to help save time and energy.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

Tidal Wave Update...Nursing Homes

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 20, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Ever since we published The Aging Tidal Wave, this blog has been tracking how the long-term care industry is accommodating the 3 million baby boomers swamping it every year. This week we're taking a closer look at how the nursing home component of long-term care is holding up.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

BENEVOLENT AGEISM "They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid"

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 9, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused social workers to take a closer look at their ingrained prejudices when dealing with the aged. Robert N. Butler coined the term “ageism" in 1969 to describe attitudes, practices, and policies that discriminate against older people. Ageism occurs when people face stereotypes, prejudice, or discrimination because of their age. The assumption that all older people are frail and helpless is a common, incorrect stereotype. Prejudice can consist of feelings such as “older people are unpleasant and difficult to deal with.” Discrimination is evident when older adults’ needs aren’t recognized and respected or when they’re treated less favorably than younger people. Social workers who work with the elderly are realizing that even in their minds age is “a category of difference” like race and gender, but unlike race and gender, age positions older adults as a homogenous group with similar needs.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, what social workers do, senior care, Covid-19, social issues

Resources for Helping A Senior Friend Out of a Slump

Posted by Kim Hickman on Oct 22, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Today's blog is written by guest blogger, Beverly Nelson, from Stand Up for Caregivers! We truly appreciate her for sharing these helpful insights.

We all have rough periods in life. For seniors, however, slumps can be significantly harder to get out of, especially if they don’t have family around to offer support. Fortunately, friends, neighbors, and other community members have the power to make a difference for a senior feeling down.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

Long Term Care Status Report (A Staffing Crisis)

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 6, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Our Aging Population

The number of Americans ages 65 and older will more than double over the next 40 years, reaching 80 million in 2040. The number of adults ages 85 and older, the group most often needing help with basic personal care, will nearly quadruple between 2000 and 2040 due to improvements in life expectancy that have propelled the increase in the older population. Between 1900 and 1960, life expectancy at birth increased from 51 years to 74 years for men and from 58 years to 80 years for women. Life expectancy's future course is uncertain but could grow dramatically. Some experts claim that half of girls born today will live until age 100.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Millennial Caregivers

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 11, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Somewhere along the line America's pop culture began to malign millennials. They became known as the narcissistic generation that would rather play video games than outdoor sports; craved YouTube fame; wanted only to be tech entrepreneurs; decorated with laptops and futons; were summed up as lazy and self-centered.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, senior care

Adult Services Specialists

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 21, 2021 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, killing more than 184,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The post pandemic response to this massacre has been confusion, doubt, and indecision on the part of the elderly and their caregivers about the use of long-term care facilities.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Post Pandemic

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