One of the most frequently overlooked and misunderstood phenomena is the concept of Ambiguous Loss. This theory, developed by Dr. Pauline Boss, compels us to better examine experiences of unresolved losses due to stigma, disenfranchisement by larger society, discrimination and oppression or other factors.
Margaret is a mom, with two teenagers at home, a husband, and a nonprofit career. Every day, Margaret visits her 91 year-old mother Sadie, and is always on-call for doctor’s appointments, help with bills, and groceries. Margaret is a family caregiver, one of nearly 35 million Americans providing unpaid care to an older adult.
Who are we?
In times of fiscal restraint, older adults’ voices can get lost in the lobbying among powerful stakeholders and legislative and executive branch discussions about budget allocations and funding priorities. It is often up to advocates to raise the real-world concerns of older adults at the state and national levels, and to explain and track the consequences of financial decisions made.
Make no mistake; the healthcare landscape is undergoing a profound transformation, one that will directly impact the future of community-based aging services. For more than 50 years, little has occurred that radically changed the sleepy silos of traditional healthcare delivery and aging services. There have been incremental steps toward change, such as the Special Needs Plans in Medicare or efforts to rebalance Medicaid services through Money Follows the Person. Are these important steps toward more centered care? Yes. Are they radically transformative? No.
The American Society on Aging offers several opportunities for students and emerging professionals to learn and connect with each other and professionals in the field. We are pleased to offer the following resources to help full-time students attend the 2016 Aging in America Conference.
Student Volunteer Program