Archive | Viewpoint

War on poverty now a war on the poor

The federal War on Poverty has turned into a war on poor people. The battle lines have shifted from alleviating poverty, to eliminating poor people. Instead of attacking poverty, the field has been reversed, and the attack is on poor people themselves.

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments

Dementia information at your fingertips

I just dropped my 91-year-old father and his wife off at Logan Airport. They live outside of LA, and were visiting here for a week.  My father has clearly deteriorated both physically and mentally with increased dementia since I visited him several months ago.

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments

When will home care workers get ‘enough pay to stay?’

Picture a widowed elderly woman in her mid-80s. She needs help daily with bathing, dressing and toileting. But she has one more problem. She has been told that there are no workers available to come into her home to fill all the hours of care she needs.

This scenario is happening more and more across the commonwealth. The recruitment and retention of home care aides, home health aides, and care managers poses a real threat to the independence of many of our older neighbors. The image of a low-wage/high-turnover job makes it hard to find and keep home care workers. We must do better if we are to keep up with our fastest growing demographic – those over age of 60. We must give these workers “enough pay to stay.”

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments

Certificate in ‘Adulting’

By Marianne Delorey Every generation creates its own lingo. Recently, Millennials have coined the word “Adulting” to mean “being responsible.” Many 20- to 30-year-olds are proudly proclaiming their accomplishments by posting on Twitter and Facebook that they paid rent on time or made dinner without using a microwave. While the tone is often very tongue-in-cheek, […]

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments

The State of the (elderly) Commonwealth

No governor since Mitt Romney in 2006 has mentioned “elders’ in their State of the Commonwealth speech. On Jan. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker made reference to a yet-to-be filed executive order that would focus on older adults—but the details of the order are not known. We applaud the governor for mentioning older adults in his speech, and we are prepared to work with him on his executive order. But there are major fears among the elderly that need to be addressed, in light of rhetoric coming out of Congress and the White House.

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments

Middle Name: Chocolate?

By Janice Lindsay Answer this question: In a parking lot, you stroll past a brand new Mercedes. Glancing in the passenger-side window, you see an open Hershey bar on the beige leather seat. The chocolate is melting in the sun, oozing onto the leather. Your first  thought is:  (a) How could someone be so careless […]

Read the full story

Posted in Viewpoint0 Comments