We at the American Society on Aging were deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy this weekend in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, as well as with the entire LGBT and Latino communities in Florida, and around the country.
Here is the conundrum: While the demand for direct care workers—home health aides, nursing assistants, personal care workers—continues to surge, their real wages, adjusted for inflation over the past ten years, continue to fall (see Figure 1, below).
Figure 1: Direct Care Worker Wages
AARP welcomed Robert “Bob” Blancato to its Board of Directors on June 3, 2016.
The all-volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. Directors’ responsibilities include approving AARP’s strategic plan, approving the budget and monitoring AARP’s finances.
Each year at the Aging in America Conference (AiA), ASA conducts the Leadership Institute, a five-day intensive program meant to foster the next generation of leaders in the field of aging. Curricula tracks field trends and instructs on leading a multicultural, inclusive team of professionals.
Older adults who live in rural America can have particular difficulties accessing healthcare and social support services. Improved collaboration among, and greater awareness of, federally funded programs at the national, state and local level are key components in helping older adults to connect with available services in their rural communities.
The world of healthcare is slowly acknowledging what community-based social service workers have known for decades—health happens at home. Helping to maintain and sustain older adults’ highest possible level of functioning and the best quality of life has been the undertaking of community-based services. Yet, the medical world has little knowledge of the array of services that can and should be provided, which would not only complement medical care, but could help to improve it.
This May we are honoring Older Americans as part of the Administration on Community Living’s annual Older Americans Month celebration. In the spirit of sharing our initiatives and ideas that are positively affecting older adults, I’m excited to focus on a special initiative of NCRC’s National Neighbors Silver, which focuses efforts on working with banks and financial institutions to implement Age-Friendly Banking.