There are 45 million family caregivers in the United States, 70% of whom are women. Nearly 18 million people care for a relative who is 65 or older.
These caregivers are unsung heroes. They often juggle schedules, appointments, and errands, while flooded with feelings of guilt, sadness, and even resentment. Their patience is strained as they help an older adult in the most personal of acts, like toileting. Burnout seems inevitable, yet pausing is not an option, as there is no one else to care for their family or friends. It’s their unconditional love that keeps them going. READ MORE…
Ten years have passed since the last major recession and the housing market is returning to normal levels. However, a segment of the housing market that continues to experience record highs is the number of people on wait lists for affordable and low-income housing. Quality housing is the lynchpin to aging well. Embracing Aging is concerned about the impact of this housing shortage locally, as over one-third of York Countians age 65 and older are struggling to meet their basic needs. READ MORE…
That’s how I felt the morning of May 17, 2017, when I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging initiative and its many partners, as one of four witnesses selected from across the United States to provide testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. READ MORE…
More People, More Places, More Possibilities
Regardless of your age, in the past month, have you felt:
• Pleased about having accomplished something?
• Lonely or remote from other people?
• Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done?
• Particularly excited or interested in something?
• That you are contributing to something that matters? READ MORE…
When We Should Stop Using the Word “Still”
“My uncle is 83 and still drives.”
“My grandma is 90 and still goes out dancing.”
“My step-father is approaching 74 and still runs a mile each day.”
“You only need a mirror to create an aging change,” said Dr. Bill Thomas last month as he addressed a crowd of almost 400 people of differing ages in the Waldner Performing Arts Center at York College of Pennsylvania. The reason? Because looking in the mirror and declaring you are the perfect age for you today is the first step in shifting attitudes on aging. READ MORE…
Winter storm Jonas helped bring out the good in us all. Neighbors helped neighbors by checking in on each other and shoveling out sidewalks and driveways so that we could get on with our routine lives.
We can all agree that a clear sidewalk is good for everyone and important to going about our daily routines. Whether free of snow, ice, wet leaves, puddles, broken cement, or clutter, age limits don’t apply to a desire for walkable sidewalks. Ensuring sidewalks are walkable is an example of age-inclusive thinking in action. READ MORE…
By Cathy Bollinger, managing director of Embracing Aging, York County Community Foundation
Contributions by Tina Hess, president/CEO, GOOD NEWS CONSULTING, Inc.
The numbers are staggering. Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects nearly 47 million people worldwide, is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Of the top ten causes of death, it is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In America, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds.
As York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging initiative works to make York County a great place to age, we recognize that a variety of barriers may exist to older adults having quality of life, including a lack of awareness and understanding of forms of dementia, and how to best engage with people living with dementia. READ MORE…
York County Community Foundation knows the importance of this message. Our Embracing Aging staff understand how engagement with the arts preserves mental health and acuity. So it didn’t surprise us when Cultural Alliance of York came to us with this idea for a pre-conference day leading into their biggest conference of the year… READ MORE…
You may recall reading one of our past articles in which we shared some of the pushback we have received regarding the name of our initiative, Embracing Aging.
That’s why when the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) called to invite York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging initiative to speak about the strategies we’re working on to address attitudes around aging at its May 6 event in Washington, DC, we were thrilled to accept. The event, which took place at the DirksenSenate Office Building, showcased n4a’s research on the growth of the Livable Communities of All Ages movement… READ MORE…
- She’s 82, but she’s really young at heart!
- My dad is 87, but he still drives.
- My aunt is 90, but she’s still sharp.
- He’s still working, despite being 74.
- You’re 83? You don’t look your age.
Answer: Each statement contains a bias towards age. It’s implied that it’s quite out of the ordinary that older people can still be young at heart, can still drive, can still be sharp, can still work, or can still look… READ MORE…