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91 Percent of Adults 50+ Use Personal Technology To Stay Connected

June 25, 2018
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91 percent of tech owners 50-plus say they use personal technology to keep in touch with family and friends, according to a new AARP survey aimed at measuring and identifying technology use and attitudes among adults 50-plus. The research found that mobile and computing devices are the primary technology for Americans 50-plus with subtle differences between age groups. Adults in their 50s and 60s are texting more than emailing on smartphones, while people 70-plus are more likely to use desktop computers and cellphones to keep in touch. Among people who own computers, tablets and smartphones, each device has different uses: computers are used for more practical tasks, tablets for entertainment and smartphones for social and on-the-go activities.

Key findings from the latest AARP Survey on Technology Use and Attitudes Among Mid-Life and Older Americans are:

Seventy percent of adults 50-plus own a smartphone and an equal percentage are on social media. Among those ages 50-69, text messaging has overtaken email as the tech tool most used to stay connected.

Adults in their sixties are more likely to use their devices to manage medical care than those in their 50s or 70s, particularly among tablet and smartphone owners.

The survey additionally reported that over three-quarters (77 percent) reported using their smartphone for directions or traffic information.

Other top activities include purchasing apps, surfing the internet, getting news and accessing social media. Another key finding was that privacy and security are a concern for most older adults but many are not taking proactive steps to protect themselves online.

This AARP Survey on Technology Use and Attitudes can be found here. https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/technology/info-2018/technology-use-attitudes.html

Survey Methodology
The survey on Technology Use and Attitudes was fielded from November 16-27, 2017. Data were collected using GfK’s KnowlegePanel, an online probability-based panel. The final, nationally representative sample included 1,520 adults age 50 and older. The margin of error for the general population is ± 2.7 percentage points.

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Swimsuits For All: The New Power Suit

June 19, 2018
Swimsuits-for-all models

Leading swimwear brand Swimsuits For All, a FULLBEAUTY brand, released a show stopping campaign entitled ‘Power Suit’ featuring women from all walks of life. Each has her own story and claim to fame including 52-year-old actress and model Brooke Shields, 30-year old supermodel Ashley Graham, 30-year-old mom and reality star Angela Simmons, 67-year-old professional swimmer Pat Gallant Charette and 37-year-old nurse practitioner Katie Duke.

In aiming to empower all women to take off their everyday clothing and stand proud in a swimsuit – the new ‘power suit’ – the campaign seeks to inspire all women to feel just as confident as they would in their professional wardrobe. Women typically feel insecure or oversexualized in a swimsuit and this campaign showcases how women of all ages, races, and sizes can feel just as powerful in their swimsuit as they do in their professional attire.

The imagery from this campaign portrays the women donning bold styles from Swimsuits For All’s summer collection. Each brings a different point-of-view and prowess that stem from different backgrounds and experiences. Coming together to inspire each other and their fans by celebrating their strength in all aspects of their lives, each exemplifies an infectious confidence regardless of age, size or circumstance.

“Working on this campaign with Swimsuits For All was inspiring to me because each one of these women is remarkable,” said Brooke. “Growing up under such scrutiny led me to feel insecure about my looks. Over time, I was able to find confidence in myself through my work, my passions, my network of strong female role models and my journey through motherhood. And now, after 50 years in the spotlight, I can confidently say that my ‘Power Suit’ is being in my own skin, showing my body and not hiding it. I loved being able to share that with these women who have also come to that realization.”

Each of the swimsuits worn in the campaign is available starting in sizes 4 to 24 and available to purchase online now at www.swimsuitsforall.com.

About Swimsuits For All
Swimsuits For All believes that summer is more than a season; it’s a feeling. Embodying a 74-degree state of mind all year long, they provide beautiful swimsuits in sizes 4-34 for every swim adventure. As the online swimwear leader since 2005, Swimsuits For All is known for swimsuits with superior construction, expert fit and innovative designs. Additionally, they carry a line of chlorine resistant swimsuits and workout wear that retains its shape and fabric quality for extra pool time. Through perfect-fitting swimwear catered to every body, Swimsuits For All inspires women of all ages, shapes and sizes to be confident and carefree in the swim they’re in. For more information, visit swimsuitsforall.com.

About FULLBEAUTY Brands
FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc. is the fashion authority for plus size women and men seeking fashion inspiration, style advice, and clothing tailored to their individual needs. Proprietary brands under the FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc. umbrella include: Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London®, Swimsuits For All®, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, and fullbeauty.com®, an online marketplace that offers a curated collection of countless brands and thousands of products, serving as the premier fashion and lifestyle destination for women in sizes 12 +.

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Kick Isolation by Moving Closer to the Kids!

May 15, 2018

As families become more mobile, often spread across the country, isolation and loneliness among older adults has become a key concern. A New York Times article (“The New Retirement: Near the Kids”) highlighted a solution selected by a growing number of families: move closer to the kids.

In the article, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation, pointed out that family connections become more frequent and more personal when parents move closer to their adult children.

According to Freedonia Group analyst Jennifer Mapes-Christ, “The majority of consumers worry about who will take care of them and how much of a burden they will be on their families as they age. That means that Americans are more open than ever to hiring professional caregivers or moving to a live-in elder care facility when such services are available and they can afford it. However, even if they aren’t providing the care themselves, adult children are more comfortable having Mom and Dad nearby, so they can be assured that their parents are well and receiving quality care.”

Holly Bowers Ruben, one of the adult children profiled whose mother moved closer to her, said “Peace of mind – that has been a huge gift.”

Mapes-Christ points out, “Many people choose to move to warm weather places – including resort-type parts of Florida and Arizona – shortly after retirement for more carefree living. However, as they begin to have trouble living independently, a growing share of those people are choosing to return to their home areas or to where their adult children have settled. This tends to encourage growth in places that are less typically thought of as retirement destinations.”

Furthermore, Mapes-Christ added, “Economically vibrant urban areas are seeing these gains. Increasingly, elder care service providers are constructing senior living communities and expanding home healthcare businesses in areas where younger generations have moved for their own job opportunities.”

About The Freedonia Group – The Freedonia Group, a division of MarketResearch.com, is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985 we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Each study includes product and market analyses and forecasts, in-depth discussions of important industry trends, and market share information. Studies can be purchased at www.freedoniagroup.com.

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Mom Appreciation Day

May 13, 2018

My Mom was a complex woman who I am still learning to appreciate long after she has been gone. She was divorced three times and had four children, one of whom died at birth, the other three being myself, my brother at two years younger and my sister at eight years younger. She was smart, ambitious, funny, had the most amazing legs, a wonderful smile, and beautiful eyes. She shared the smarts, the eyes and I think the smile with me, but I did not get the amazing legs, my sister did!

I have many memories of my Mother, some sad, some funny. I remember one time as a nine-year-old who was used to helping with my sister and being independent, I decided to cut my own bangs. Oh my, I cut them across once and they were crooked, cut them again with the same result. By the time I finally finished I think I had a one-inch fringe that was still crooked! I ran to my room in hysterics and flopped face down on the bed crying like a banshee.

My Mom came running in and sat down on the bed asking anxiously what was wrong. I kept grinding my head into the bed until she finally was able to flip me over. I knew my life was at an end and she was going to be so mad at me. She took one look at me and burst out laughing, then hugged me and told me it was going to be all right. She did the equivalent of an old man’s combover on the front of my forehead and for the longest time, I had the thickest bangs ever!

The first time I got a speeding ticket was when I was about 17. Man, I did not want to tell my Mother, but I knew I had to. I went into her room where she was propped up in bed reading and said, “Mom, remember when you told me that it didn’t matter what I did as long as I didn’t lie to you?” She looked up and said, “What happened?”. I proceeded to tell her and she thanked me and said that since I was honest with her, she would not punish me, but I would have to pay for the ticket. I thought that was more than fair. Then she looked at me again and said, “Do you know what I got my first ticket for? Drag racing. And it was so unfair because the other guy won!” Damn, I love my Mom!

Another time we were talking in the kitchen while she made dinner. I watched her moving around efficiently, expertly opening jars and chopping salad. Then my step-father came home from work and walked into the kitchen to greet her and she suddenly turned into this delicate, helpless woman, holding out another jar to him and saying sweetly, “Honey, can you help me? I can’t open this.” Our eyes met over his shoulder and I put my fingers in my mouth in a gag me motion and she just smiled and gave me this look that said, “You better take note!” Meanwhile, my step-father seemed to eat it up. I guess she knew better. I have never learned the art of coquetry. I wish I had!

My Mom is the main reason my siblings and I are the people that we are. She taught us to be strong, never give up, be honest, tough, love with all our hearts and laugh our asses off on a regular basis. I am always happy when some random expression or flinting glint in myself, my brother or my sister sparks that instant recognition, “There’s Mom!” It helps so much to keep her always there in my heart.

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New Taskforce Tackles Hunger Within West Virginia’s Senior Community

May 8, 2018

Hunger affects all 55 counties and more than 275,000 residents in West Virginia, including seniors. Four organizations — Alderson Broaddus University (ABU), Sodexo, The Campus Kitchens Project, and AARP Foundation — formed a taskforce to address food insecurity within West Virginia’s senior community, and today announced plans to launch a new initiative this fall to fight hunger with opportunities for student involvement. The program is made possible through a grant awarded by AARP Foundation to Alderson Broaddus University.

Alderson Broaddus will use the funds to launch its chapter of The Campus Kitchens Project, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization empowering young people to fight food waste and hunger. Campus Kitchens will place a Fellow at the university to launch the program and ensure its success over the first two years, including student volunteer opportunities.

“Alderson Broaddus University is delighted to collaborate with our dining partner, Sodexo, and the nationally recognized Campus Kitchens Project in addressing the issue of hunger for elderly people in Barbour County, West Virginia. Equally satisfying is the fact that AARP Foundation is supporting us in this ambitious and much-needed endeavor,” said Dr. James (Tim) Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University. “Rural poverty — in particular, elderly rural poverty and hunger — is an issue that is endemic to West Virginia, particularly in Barbour County. The University has identified rural hunger as a critical need that must be addressed. In our discussions with Sodexo, we believe that we have the beginnings of not only a partnership but a collective way to address the issue of hunger in Barbour County with the support of our Campus Kitchens student volunteers. We look forward to critically examining the programmatic needs for this and developing a successful and engaged program.”

“Sodexo has a longstanding commitment to end hunger and believes in the power of young people in fighting this critical cause,” said Sodexo district manager Michael Greenfield. “For more than 10 years, our Stop Hunger Foundation has invested in young people to help them start and grow innovative solutions to hunger. In 2017, our foundation provided nearly 4.1 million meals for 2.3 million people in local communities around the world and supported the growth of programs like The Campus Kitchens Project. We are glad to extend our partnership with Alderson Broaddus University beyond campus dining halls to provide hunger relief for seniors in the local community.”

On more than 60 university and high school campuses across the country, student volunteers with The Campus Kitchens Project transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into meals for people experiencing hunger. In the last academic year, Campus Kitchens across the country recovered over 1.3 million pounds of wasted food and served 350,000 meals.

“We’re thrilled to expand our Campus Kitchens network to Alderson Broaddus and into West Virginia,” said Dan Abrams, director of The Campus Kitchens Project. “Young, eager student volunteers at Campus Kitchens across the country are developing sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste that have a real and lasting impact on those struggling with food insecurity. We look forward to seeing how the Alderson Broaddus team, along with supportive partners like Sodexo and AARP Foundation, will replicate this model in Barbour County to serve disadvantaged seniors and others in need.”

“Thousands of people over age 65 in West Virginia are living in poverty,” said Emily Allen, senior vice president of programs at AARP Foundation. “AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. This taskforce initiative in West Virginia will forge an intergenerational partnership — a win for student volunteers and a win for the senior community.”

The taskforce will hold meetings this spring to create an action plan for the fall launch. Other organizations will join the initiative and serve as feeding venues.

About Alderson Broaddus University

For more than 144 years, Alderson Broaddus University has been providing a quality education for its students. Overlooking the picturesque Tygart River Valley in Phillipi, West Virginia, Alderson Broaddus University students learn and grown in a faith-based learning community. Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional education institution. Alderson Broaddus University is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA, and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life of 15 million customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 133,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Bolstered by vigorous legal advocacy, we spark bold, innovative solutions that foster resilience, strengthen communities and restore hope.

About The Campus Kitchens Project

Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national program of DC Central Kitchen that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger and food waste in their community. On over 60 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals for people experiencing hunger. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen implements innovative Beyond the Meal programming that uses food as a tool to end systemic poverty. Across the country, local campus kitchens are building community gardens, organizing mobile food pantries, filling backpacks for after school children, and educating the public on SNAP benefits and nutrition. To learn more about our work or bring The Campus Kitchens Project to your school, visit www.campuskitchens.org.

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An Urgent Need For Change

May 6, 2018

About a month ago I ended up in the emergency room. I have been having trouble with shortness of breath since January and despite an all clear from my doctor on my heart, lungs and everything else she tested I still was out of breath. Deciding that it must be asthma and planning on a long weekend trip to my sister’s where there are dogs, I had gone to Kaiser’s urgent care to see if I could get an inhaler.

Fifteen minutes later they were wheeling me over to the emergency room with me protesting and panicking the whole way. I couldn’t go to emergency, I had too much to do! I was upset, angry, frustrated and scared, with the words of the doctor who sent me over there ringing in my ears, “Oh sweetie, you have to go. You are a walking time bomb right now.” Well, hell! Who wants to hear that?

So there I was, hooked up to all kinds of monitors, with a bunch of very nice, calm doctors and nurses taking all kinds of tests, again. After about five hours of monitoring me, they finally let me go home with an ongoing diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and a “mild case of congestive heart failure” along with two new prescriptions! Not exactly how I wanted to start my long weekend.

Why am I telling you this rather depressing tale? Because in the weeks that followed I had to make hard choices about what I was going to do about my health and whether or not I was going to lay down and give up or kick ass and take no prisoners as I changed my life. I hope you know which choice I made.

I crawl my way up and down the hallways of my building with my trusty walking sticks trying to get my body to remember how to breathe and walk. I got back on my exercise bike and slowly started increasing my time on it again. I bought a stair step thingy so I could walk up and down in my own home without risking breaking my neck in the stairwells and I made a choice about the way I was going to start eating for hopefully the rest of my life. (More on that later!)

And then I had to work with my attitude. I was depressed about being unhealthy, about getting old, about choices that I made in my life that brought me to this place. Oh boy, me and Frankie were singing the blues, “Regrets, I’ve had a few….”

Finally, my brain kicked my butt enough that I remembered how many times in my life I have dearly, deeply wanted to make a change or do something different, that kind of wanting that comes from your core. I remembered how every single time that happened life kicked me in directions that I had no clue were even options.

It booted me into being a recruiter when I had no idea what I was doing. It kicked me uptown to Beverly Hills 90210 to manage an apartment building, again something that I had no experience doing. It sent me scrambling to Guatemala to live for six months, then gave me a strange and wonderful alternate family for ten years.

Life pushed me kicking and screaming into a publishing job in the entertainment industry, somewhere I never had aspirations to be. And it moved me where I am today, a place that gives me a chance to live my life in many ways on my own terms.

I remembered then that life has a sense of humor much like my own, sarcastic, sassy, hysterical, gut-busting and many times flat out inappropriate! It doesn’t really care if it puts you in situations that seem to be way out of your league. Moving you to where you want to go is the object. How you get there is a whole other story!

I was once again being kicked to the next level, the one that I had asked for in that deep place in my core. Holy cow! Who knows where I will end up next? But it’s guaranteed to be a wild and wonderful ride!

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MPTF’S Social Isolation Impact Summit Addresses Loneliness

May 6, 2018

Community leaders, policy experts, researchers and change agents gathered today for MPTFs (Motion Picture & Television Fund) 2nd Annual Social Isolation and Loneliness Impact Summit. The event took place at MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.

The Summit featured presentations and workshops where experts shared key insights, best practices and conducted discussions about ways to effectively collaborate to create meaningful changes throughout Los Angeles. Paul Cann, co-founder of the U.K. Campaign to End Loneliness, delivered the keynote address with special presentations by Carla M. Perissinotto, M.D., associate professor of Geriatrics at University of California San Francisco and Lynda Flowers, J.D., M.S.N., R.N., senior policy advisor at AARP Public Policy Institute. Community leaders representing a variety of Los Angeles based organizations led conversations addressing loneliness and social isolation in the transportation, education, intergenerational services and housing arenas.

“Meaningful social connections are a critical component of good health and well-being,” said Scott Kaiser, M.D., chief innovation officer and practicing geriatrician at MPTF. “Chronic isolation and loneliness have profound negative impacts on health, quality of life, and even, mortality. With this summit, we’re bringing together key stakeholders to raise the profile of this issue and share ways we can intervene to mitigate these adverse effects.”

“AARP Foundation is committed to ending isolation in older adults,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation. “We are delighted to collaborate with MPTF to create a deeper understanding of isolation and loneliness, drawing much-needed attention to these issues, and to identify solutions that foster social connections older adults need to live well and thrive.”

Social isolation and loneliness are recognized as a growing epidemic and a critical health concern in the aging and disabled populations. Mounting evidence links social isolation and loneliness to poor health, depression, disability and increased risk of death. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they are lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Approximately one-third of Americans over 65 live alone, as do half of those over age 85. Recent studies find that individuals with fewer social connections have disrupted sleep patterns, higher levels of stress hormones, altered immune systems and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Research shows that the negative health consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness, while harmful at any age, are especially so for older adults. One recent study (Holt-Lunstad, 2015) found that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

Last year, MPTF launched the Daily Call Sheet – a volunteer-driven telephone outreach program to combat social isolation and loneliness among entertainment industry members and their families. Funded with the support of AARP Foundation, MPTF’s Daily Call Sheet is a scalable and replicable program that can be shared with other social services organizations throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

MPTF’s Annual Social Isolation and Loneliness Impact Summit is one of the many ways that the organization is committed to taking care of its own. Other activities and events include MPTF’s Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, an annual summit to empower women in entertainment, Annual Health & Fitness Day, an annual festival focused on living and aging well, and the Daily Call Sheet, a volunteer-driven telephone outreach program to combat social isolation and loneliness among entertainment industry members and their families.

About MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund)
MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) supports the entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. What began more than 96 years ago as the Motion Picture Relief Fund has flourished into MPTF, a comprehensive service organization that remains at the core of the entertainment industry.

MPTF belongs to everyone in the entertainment business and its successes are embodied in the spirit of stepping up and giving back. With the engagement and generosity of thousands of people from within the entertainment industry community, MPTF serves thousands in the entertainment community each year with financial assistance, social services, and retirement living.

The entertainment industry has a longtime history of taking care of its own like no other industry in the world. People are at the heart of what MPTF does each day, and it is the extraordinary generosity of countless donors, families, and volunteers that enables the organization to deliver services to industry members in need.

To learn more, visit www.mptf.com, www.Facebook.com/mptf, www.Twitter.com/mptf, Instagram: @MPTF

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My 30 Year Plan

April 29, 2018

It has been a while since I posted here. Even the news stories that I normally post have been piling up in my to-do folder. And the reason you ask? I have not been having a very “indulgent aging” time in the last couple of months. As a matter of fact, I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment the other day and thinking about this site and told myself maybe I really needed to start one called gettingoldsucks.com! It is very hard to come up with cheerful, positive and encouraging stories about indulgent aging when you are doing nothing of the kind.

However, I think I have pretty much always been a “glass half full” kind of person and I am also a stubborn bitch when I put my mind to it and damn it I am going to have a happy old age if it kills me!

I have started feeling better and it did occur to me the other day that my current battle with my doctors and health has put my focus firmly on driving my doctors crazy and paying attention to what I eat and how to move my body on a long-term instead of start-something-and-quit basis. And I am making progress. I have read and Googled medical information and books until my eyes bleed but finally feel comfortable with the decisions that I am making. The fact that my blood pressure is lower along with my blood sugar makes me smile and that is an encouraging thing.

I also decided that the “getting old sucks” theme was the elephant in my room of indulgent aging and I might as well address it here instead of trying to pretend that all is hunky dory in the world of battered knees, weird, wrinkly places and as one of my male friends lamented “hair growing everywhere but where you want it”!

I live and work in a building populated by seniors 55 and older and I can tell you first hand that there is a wide range of aging styles in life. The most amazing thing to me when I started working here was that there seems to be this phenomenon where visible aging takes a timeout right around 60 and between the years of 60 to late 80’s there is very little change in the way people look and feel. And then in the 90’s the look and feel of aging seems to accelerate again. But the good news is that from 60 to late 80’s is close to 30 years! 30 years to learn new things, meet new people (or the man of your dreams), travel, volunteer, march in protests, work out every day and grow those muscles, all kinds of things can happen in 30 years.

I’ve decided that part of my job right now is focusing on my health, taking the time for me and for my body which I want to have around for my 30-year adventure. My biggest goal right now? Walking 30 minutes a day, with my kick-ass purple Nordic walking sticks, (I plan on starting a new trend!) and I promise I will share the good and bad with you along the way.

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Immigration Issues as They Affect Employment in the Elder Care Industry

March 30, 2018

One of the top issues in the news recently is immigration, with changes in protected status for immigrants from countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras; uncertainty for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children; limitations on immigration from several predominantly Muslin countries; and potential changes to family reunification processes.

The New York Times highlighted the impact of immigration on the elder care industry, both official structured agencies and the larger informal direct employment segment.

Increasingly, direct caregiving job openings are attracting fewer candidates. A growing economy has led to native-born Americans opting instead for better paying, less physically demanding work in other fields. This leaves openings often filled by immigrants, many of whom have increasingly uncertain status.

PHI (Protected Health Information) points out that one in four workers in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home care agencies are foreign-born. Shares are thought to be even higher in the informal sector. In states such as California, Florida, New Jersey, and New York, more than 40 percent of direct care workers are foreign-born.

According to Freedonia Group analyst Jennifer Mapes-Christ, “the formal elder care industry will require nearly 6.1 million employees by 2021 to accommodate the growing need for these services. This need will be driven largely by an aging population, particularly as the large baby boomer demographic advances into age cohorts that require a greater level of care.”

She continued, “Many consumers worry about who will take care of them and how much of a burden they will be on their families as they age. As a result, Americans are more open than ever to hiring professional caregivers when it is available and they can afford it.”

Mapes-Christ added, “However, finding, hiring, retaining, and supporting staff is an ongoing concern for elder care services providers. Employee turnover is one of the largest issues facing most of these service providers. The physical and emotional demands of the job, coupled with a lack of professional advancement opportunities, are the most oft-cited reasons for this turnover. Changes in immigration policy will affect the size of the pool of potential employees, possibly resulting in service shortages, particularly in rural areas, or wages hikes that would drive up costs if providers are unable to attract enough qualified workers.”

Additional analysis of employment in the US elder care industry can be found in the following Freedonia report: Elder Care Services in the US.

For more information: https://www.freedoniagroup.com/industry-study/elder-care-services-in-the-us-by-service-provider-payment-source-and-region-4th-edition-3587.htm

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Olympian Finds Gold in Giving Back to Seniors

February 16, 2018
No Regrets Photo by Alora Griffiths on Unsplash

World Champion and Olympic Freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom is used to skiing with some of the world’s best skiers, but his most recent skiing partner was equally inspiring. He recently met up with an 88-year-old Brookdale resident who dreamed of skiing one last time. As founder of Wish of a Lifetime, Jeremy spends much of his post-Olympic days granting wishes to deserving seniors like Eleanor “Ellie” Ross.

Ellie never thought she would ski again after breaking her hip and damaging her knees during a ski trip six years ago. Prior to her accident, the Massachusetts woman had been skiing nearly every weekend for more than 50 years. Doctors told her to put away her skis but she wasn’t going to give up just like that. She remembered seeing ski teams towing people in sleds and modified skis during her travels.

“Whatever you want to do, make a way to do it,” said Ellie. “If you don’t, you’re going to regret it the rest of your life.”

When Ellie heard about Wish of a Lifetime from her caregivers at Brookdale, her eyes lit up as she envisioned herself among the trees once again. Ellie said her only hope was to once again glide a steep slope covered with fresh fallen snow and to feel cold fresh air fill her lungs and caress her cheeks.

Through the use of adaptive skiing, Ellie and Jeremy recently hit the slopes on the same mountain where Jeremy learned to ski as a kid. Ellie’s family and friends cheered them on as she and the Olympian shared the excitement of their mutual life’s passion.

“Ellie’s wish experience shows that people can do anything as they age,” said Jeremy. “I want people to know that you don’t have to stop wishing, you don’t have to stop dreaming, and you don’t have to stop pursuing life to the fullest as you get older.”

Jeremy says seeing Ellie ski again was very special. It’s moments like this that remind him why he founded Wish of a Lifetime. The nonprofit’s mission is to shift the way society views and values the oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire people of all ages. He teamed up with Brookdale Senior Living in 2010 as a way to reach more seniors. He said the size and scale of Brookdale help him make more dreams come true for seniors.

“Working with Jeremy and Wish of a Lifetime has given our residents incredible opportunities to live life to the fullest,” said Sara Terry, senior vice president of resident and family engagement. “This partnership allows residents to fulfill those dreams they may have stored away or thought weren’t possible to achieve.”

Since the partnership’s inception in 2010, more than 900 Brookdale seniors have had their Brookdale Wishes granted. While Brookdale is the founding sponsor of the nonprofit organization, Wish of a Lifetime is open to all seniors across the country. Click here to learn more about how to submit a wish for a deserving senior.

About Wish of a Lifetime

Wish of a Lifetime™ fosters respect and appreciation for deserving seniors by fulfilling their life-enriching Wishes. Founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold medalist, entrepreneur, and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother, Wish of a Lifetime has made over 1,000 Wishes come true for seniors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The organization aims to create a positive shift in the way society views and values aging by sharing the stories of its inspiring Wish recipients with those of all generations. After experiencing a wish, 93 percent of Wish recipients stated they felt their quality of life improved and 76 percent said they felt their overall health improved. To learn more about the organization or to help fulfill a senior’s Wish visit www.wishofalifetime.org.

About Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with approximately 1,031 communities in 46 states and the ability to serve approximately 101,000 residents as of September 30, 2017. Through its ancillary services program, the Company also offers a range of outpatient therapy, home health and hospice services.