College students given residence in a senior’s home in exchange for light caregiving or home maintenance service and receiving credits toward tuition. Sometimes this may allow a senior to remain at home just so he or she won’t have to live alone. Everybody benefits.
⇒ Not only senior women, but ALL women need to get involved politically in demanding passage of the EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT. First introduced in 1937, many Americans believe we already have the ERA. Not true. Women continue to lose in the courts because we are not protected under the 14th Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause (so says Justice Antonin Scalia). Every form of discrimination against women continues because we don’t have the ERA. Failure to achieve Equal Pay, is the greatest cause of poverty in old age. Every woman, no matter her age, has a stake in getting the ERA into the Constitution. NOW. Check out ERAcoalition and read the new book “Equal Means Equal,” by Neuwirth. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg at age 85 is in the forefront of fighting for women’s rights at every age! (– Lilly)
⇒ I will be 90 next spring! I live alone…do not drive anymore because of poor sight but I’m reasonably healthy & happy & get along without much help…However, there are many things that would be most helpful…like just recognizing aging..as you age everything slows down…Businesses need to recognize this..some containers are impossible to open..some telephone messages are impossible to understand..some people talk much to fast…in my area (Rancho Cucamonga,Ca) there is no practical transportation..like DialARide..which surrounding cities have..the elderly in this city have no voice…if you are computer literate,you are constantly asked to change your password..right now I cannot contact my personal Dr. because when I had to repeat my password (because I have no close memory)I couldn’t remember it..these things can be overwhelming..In the medical field I have belonged to Kaiser Permanente for over 50 years & I now am constantly bothered with exercise programs,etc..that are simply impractical at my age & living conditions…H–l, I must have been doing something right to have reached my age already..computerized medicine does not recognize the individual at all..I really appreciate having an opportunity to sound off..living an isolated life leaves me speechless most of the time…Just remember that if you make it you all will end up like us or worse… (– Maryland)
⇒ As the grandparent of 2 college boys, I’d say be careful what you wish for. They live in a different age from the one we grew up in, far more exciting and lively, and their lifestyle could easily be incompatible with a senior.
I would rather raise the issue of hearing loss. One third of seniors over age 65 have hearing loss, and closer to 50 % by 85 years. Many of us with moderate to severe hearing loss are excluded from mainstream life, we hear noise but can’t comprehend it, understand it – music festivals, eating in restaurants, even movies, can be a challenge and it’s sometimes easier to just withdraw. The government doesn’t hear us either – hearing aids are expensive but Medicare doesn’t cover them (altho’ many people don’t know that). I joined Elderchicks for this reason but haven’t seen any other posts on this topic – are we afraid to mention it? (–Elise)
⇒ Establish local call centers. Those seniors living alone could register with the call center. The idea would be that the senior would call in or email every evening just to let someone know that they are ok. If they were supposed to call and did not, someone would call them, and take it a step further if required. (–Linda)
⇒ As I approach the time when I will have to depend on Medicare, I am concerned that it does not cover hearing aids or dental care. I am 66 and chose to continue working because I enjoy the work and the company. However, in the back of my mind is the concern for when I retire and have to depend on Medicare and how much I am going to have to pay for Medicare out of my pocket.
The college student idea is a possibility but I think that the pool of students willing to do that would be small. How about a way to pair women in mid-life and older who live alone with older chicks who live alone. Maybe a registry on ElderChicks.
Lastly, I like the idea of establishing local call centers for seniors living alone. (– Carol)
⇒ Since I live within 7 miles of a PA Supported University (and am a graduate there at age 65 BA with honors) I am in favor of getting college age juniors and seniors credit for living with senior citizens to keep company and doing chores for a home away from home. (– Barbara)
⇒ I am in favor of the idea of giving some credit to college juniors or seniors who live with a senior citizen in return for a home and some help financially and chores. Just being there to help keep company helps seniors not to feel alone.
But I am most concerned with too many frauds being done on too many seniors with a Power of Attorney. This document is meant to ONLY ENHANCE the receipiant’s ability to carry out the PRINCIPAL’S WISHES. It is not meant to take over the principal’s life. Two many of our seniors have had or are having this latter course of action taken. There is case law on this in NY. I refer you to the Brooke Aster case when her grandson had to sue to get his father off his grandmother’s POA and estate, because the father was doing lifestyle changes to the grandmothers life and enhancing himself with her essets. Father and his lawyer were both conficted of elder Abuse and FRAUD and spent some years in the goal.
Here in PA there is a closed court, called the “ORPHANS COURT” which was the only court to be so closed for the sake of adopted children to protect their and both sets of parent’s privacy. (Other than that ALL COURTS WERE OPEN BY LAW) It has since been learned this is wrong and now adoped kids can, at the age of 18, petition this court to open the record and get the birthparents medical records should those parent wish to give up these record or not, and they have the option to meet that child only if they so wish to do so. (– Barbara)
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