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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

Alzheimer's...The Suffering Behind the Suffering

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 13, 2022 10:45:00 AM

In the 2004 film, The Notebook, James Garner watches Gina Rowlands, the love of his life, slip away into the isolation of Alzheimer's disease. Garner's character reflects as Gina Rowlands stares off into the space of her isolated mind:

"The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come."

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Topics: what social workers do, 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

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

Elder Fraud... A Growing Problem

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 28, 2021 11:30:00 AM

We were surprised by the results of our recent mini-poll, when we asked six case workers serving our elder population what they considered the most pressing current problem elders are facing. 3 out of 6 (50%) said, "internet scams". Internet scams?! What’s going on now? What kind of scoundrel would cheat the elderly out of the last of their nest egg?

Case workers tell us that the shameful practice of scamming seniors is on the rise. With the elderly population growing, seniors racked up more than $3 billion in losses this past year. Case workers say that the heart-breaking irony of elder fraud is that seniors are targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, caseworkers, senior care

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