Awakening Redux II, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity As a resident of an ALF, with my cognition still intact, “senior moments” at a minimum, not yet in the haze of dementia, I’m aware of “the geriatric communication mode” which seems to be, smile and speak in an ascending high pitch. I know all about smiley voices. It’s not just the caregivers or people talking to old folks. I once was a smiley voice. As a Voice Over …
Bandana Shrestha is the Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon. She leads the strategic engagement of members, communities, and partners in AARP's work in the state. Bandana also leads AARP Oregon’s work on livable communities, caregiving and long-term care education, and at-risk populations. Before joining AARP, Bandana served as Director of Model Programs and Partnerships for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC, where she developed and led volunteer based programs to serve and engage older adults and diverse under-served communities.
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Awakening Redux I, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “Darkness shows through the windows, a few stars flicker, the moon is a lighted roundness, an orange haze circles the top of the street light.” Those were the opening words of the second blog I wrote about my life in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF). “Rise and Shine: Waking at the ALF” was posted in the fall of 2013; however, I entered the ALF in 2006. At the time, …
Everyone’s Daughter, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity She’s here every morning. When I go to breakfast in the dining room at my ALF, there she is, sharing a coffee moment with her mother. Some days she’s here twice, mornings before she goes to work, and at dinner at 5:00, after she returns from her work. It’s not just her mother who benefits from her care and affection, it’s everyone who happens to be gathered for the meal. …
You’ll Never Walk Alone, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The uplifting melody and inspirational lyric of You’ll Never Walk Alone, have made the Rodgers and Hammerstein song a hymn-like source of hope for millions of people around the world – even for the Liverpool football team. It’s their team song. The song’s title also has special meaning for me. At eighty-two, I’m on the final journey of my life. Disabled, I’m in need of a caring hand …
By Elaine Friesen-Strang My birth certificate indicates I am 61 years of age, but I don’t see myself as as a sexagenarian; I identify as a 41 year old. That’s odd, given I’ve been married 36 years, have two adult children and have physical restrictions that weren’t present 20 years ago. I also haven’t physically re-made myself in the attempt of turning back the clock. Well, there was that total knee replacement five years ago, but no liposuction, facelift, or …
How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and grasp the cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. I should be glad. I can’t do for myself. Toileting me is one of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and one of the reasons I pay $5000+ each month for my residency …
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