The recent spike in coronavirus cases means that many of us will feel extra lonely and isolated on Thanksgiving this year. After all, Thanksgiving is a gathering oriented holiday centered on good food and good company, but many Americans are looking at the possibility of a very scaled back celebration this year. There are activities we can do both for ourselves and for others, including older family members and friends not able to join us, in order to retain the joy this holiday brings.

Bring a meal to a senior. Many older adults, including those who are high-risk for contracting Covid-19, will be spending Thanksgiving alone. Bringing a home-cooked meal, safely prepared in your own kitchen, is one way to show you care – just make sure to check with the senior first to make sure that he or she doesn’t have any food allergies or dislikes. If cooking isn’t your thing, arrange for a meal to be delivered to your older adult friend or family member. You can also help your senior make a request for a Lasagna Love volunteer to bring them a dish of Italian comfort food to enjoy.

Set up a virtual dining room. Even if your senior loved one can’t join you in person, they can still dine with you! Set up a Zoom or FaceTime meeting so that everyone can eat Thanksgiving dinner together on screen. It will make everyone feel less alone while enjoying their meal.

Deliver or send Thanksgiving greetings, including ones made by the grandkids. Everyone loves getting deliveries to their door or in the mail, so taking the time to make a handmade card or craft for a senior can really make their day. Have the grandkids make a simple handprint turkey craft or other Thanksgiving themed creation for an extra personal touch.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade together. This year’s parade will look decidedly different from years past, but it’s still happening! The parade is a time honored tradition enjoyed by multiple generations, so why not tune in and connect virtually to enjoy it together.

Tell your older adult friends about the Friendship Line.  Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line, which was expanded to serve all older adults living in California earlier in 2020 year, is a 24/7 toll free line seniors can call on Thanksgiving day (or any day of the year!) to talk to someone who will listen and provide some emotional warmth.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month – and it’s safe to say that 2020 is the most pivotal year that family caregivers have ever experienced. Nearly 8 months into the pandemic, what family caregivers are experiencing is nothing short of a crisis when it comes to balancing care for senior loved ones with life’s other priorities.

Samara Miller, Institute on Aging’s Regional Director of Client Services in Home Care and Support Service, interacts with family caregivers on a daily basis, and is acutely tuned in to their elevated stress levels. “Even in normal times, caregiving comes with a lot of stress and anxiety,” she says. “Adding in the restrictions created by a global pandemic combined with a shifting economy only worsens their  stress.”

With all these factors, it’s more important than ever for caregivers to take care of themselves as well as establish healthy habits and a positive mindset. Miller offers her thoughts below.

IOA: How has the pandemic changed the dynamics of caregiving?

Miller: Besides adding on more stress, caregivers are feeling lonelier than ever before in this day and age. They are taking care of the population’s most vulnerable individuals, which means that many activities they used to do outside the home have been put on pause for safety reasons.

We’ve also seen a lot of caregivers being innovative with their time. They have tapped into old fashioned fun, like doing puzzles or craft projects with those in their care. They are using technology, like Zoom, to connect with the outside world. Some are reintroducing music and dancing to their loved ones, and helping them discover new passions. We recently talked to the caregiver of an 85-year-old man who is practicing meditation for the very first time in his life. Here are more ways a caregiver can help older adults.

IOA: What are a few things that family caregivers can do in the name of “self-care”?

Miller: I like the term “caring for ourselves” instead of self-care because there is no stigma of needing to be fixed or helped attached to that terminology. Caring for ourselves is part of the caregiver journey and is a vital piece of making it successful. It’s important for caregivers to find what personally works for them, what makes them feel good, and what they can be passionate about. 

Some things I have found to work well for caregivers: taking a nap, listening to music, dancing, baking a special treat, cooking, taking socially distanced walks with friends, joining a support group, exercising, binge watching a TV program that makes them laugh, gardening, doing craft projects, meditating and having a spa day at home. I even had one client who purchased a punching bag and boxing gloves and took out his frustrations that way!

IOA:  What are things that other family members and/or friends can do to support the family caregiver and perhaps give them a break? 

Miller: Everyone has different needs. Instead of assuming what the family caregiver needs, it’s better to just ask them, “What can I do to support you?” All too often, family caregivers are resistant to having someone give them a break or help them, so don’t force it. They may just need someone to spend time with them and listen. Most important, family members and friends can demonstrate consistency, kindness, understanding, and show the caregiver that they are there to support them when needed and in ways that the caregiver prefers.   

Keep in mind that being a family caregiver can be a very thankless job, so simply saying “thank you for all that you are doing” to a caregiver — and showing your appreciation in other ways — can go far.

IOA:  Are there certain “boundaries” that caregivers need to put in place, and what do those look like?

Miller: Boundaries aren’t just important in caregiving, they are essential to success. I like to think of boundaries as setting up healthy, consistent habits. For example, caring for ourselves is a healthy habit, as is creating a daily routine and sticking to it. So is approaching caregiving without resentments and regrets, while having acceptance of the situation and finding a way to deal with it. 

IOA:  On the flip side of the boundary question….what can a family caregiver do when other family members want to insert their own opinions about the older person’s care, etc. but aren’t the primary one offering the care?

Miller: When someone in a family steps into a caregiver role, it changes the whole dynamic of the family structure. All too often, family members, friends, and almost everyone have an opinion in what the caregiver needs to do and how to handle things. As a result, it is often difficult for the caregiver to accept opinions of others who are not experiencing the situation on a daily basis.  

First and foremost, the primary caregiver needs to remember that family and friends are offering their opinion from a place of love and concern. Validate what they are offering by listening, however remember the final decisions rest with you. Be honest with them about that.

Above all, try to defuse any tense situations by looking for the humor in them. If you can laugh with your family, or even with the person you are caring for, it can go a long way.

Samara Miller, MFT, Regional Director of Client Services, Home Care & Support Services, Institute on Aging 

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As we grow older, some things naturally change. Our bodies, our environments, sometimes even our likes and dislikes. Even so, we remain the same at our core as when we were young. Just because we age, doesn’t mean we should be treated differently because of it.  

When we are treated differently or unfairly because our age, this is called ageism. Let’s take a step back and define what that is. “Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO continues with “Ageism is widespread and an insidious practice which has harmful effects on the health of older adults.” This is a pretty broad definition, so now let’s take a closer look at what this means.

First of all, we’re getting older as a society. Much older. By the year 2030–and for the first time in history–20 percent of all Americans will be age 65 or older.* Here in California, 8.6 million adults will be 65 or older by 2030, making seniors the fastest growing population segment in the state.**

As we age as a society, there is a lot of undue stress put on our existing care systems, that, realistically, we aren’t prepared for. Hospitals will become more crowded. Family members will find themselves caring for loved ones over longer periods of time. The need for in-home paid caregivers is going to explode and then there is a big enemy in the form of ageism, which is likely to grow in tandem with the number of aging adults.  

As the population ages, there will be increases in the number of older individuals who will:

  • Find themselves living in poverty or in unsuitable living conditions, including long-term care facilities
  • Be treated differently because of mental or physical declines, and potentially denied services to treat those declines
  • Be taken advantage of financially, emotionally or physically
  • Be discriminated against in the workplace, and perceived as being less competent than their younger counterparts simply because of their age

These are only a few factors associated with an aging society. What can do we do to prevent widespread ageism from happening, including our own family members, as America grows older?  For starters, we can:

  1. Recognize and name ageism as a problem. Like systemic racism or sexual discrimination, ageism exists in many forms and is not always openly detectable. But it happens to older Americans all the time. In order to fight it, we all must acknowledge it is an issue and identify its root causes.
  2. Put pressure on our lawmakers to enact laws and regulations that better protect older Americans from such things as unfair or illegal housing evictions, care facilities that partake in unlawful or harmful practices, or programs or organizations which exclude people on the basis of their age. 
  3. Reject “negative aging stereotypes” that can influence how we see ourselves and others. Our society has painted a picture that old age equals physical and mental weakness, and full dependence on others. But not everyone is the same; there are plenty of older adults who are more than capable of self-care. Also, being older does not mean anyone gives up their rights.
  4. Stand up for others when needed. Whether it’s an older co-worker who is being passed over for promotions or assignments, or someone you suspect is being taken advantage of financially, physically or mentally, take action on their behalf. Encourage your co-worker to report signs of discrimination to HR. Don’t be afraid to report elder abuse. Here are some guidelines to recognize signs of abuse and report abuse.
  5. Read this article on Ladders.com offers some good ideas for personally fighting ageism when it’s happening to you.
  6. Finally, we must recognize how those who fall victim to systemic racism and sexism may experience ageism at a higher intensity than their counterparts.

*  source: U.S. Census Bureau

** source: California Department of Aging

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Alzheimer’s is a mystifying disease that can strike older adults 65 and up, and even begin in adults as young as 50. Every September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day, recognized globally, aims to raise awareness of the disease and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer-related dementia. Studies have shown that on average, 2 out of every 3 people worldwide have little to no understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Here are a few interesting facts and tidbits related to Alzheimer’s.

Currently, There is No Cure for Alzheimer’s.

More than 100 years after the disease was discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the origin of Alzheimer’s is still largely a mystery, although countless studies have been done and there are varied explanations. What we know is that there is no cure or way to stop its progression. However, there are ways to treat the symptoms.

Growing Older Doesn’t Mean Dementia is a Given.

There’s a perception that as we age, losing our memory and mental faculties is a given. Our brains and bodies age, and therefore we lose our sharpness. While the mind of a centenarian won’t be the same as a 20 year old or even a 50 year old, there’s nothing that suggests that older adults are destined to be plagued with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia as they age.

Eating and Exercise Habits May Have Some Effect on Alzheimer’s.

Several years ago, Maria Shriver, who has become the de facto spokesperson for Alzheimer’s, reported on an experimental program that has shown to reverse the early onset of the disease. Called the Bredesen Program and developed by a California neurologist, it consists of consuming a Mediterranean diet high in fat and low in carbs, doing regular cardio-based workouts, fasting after dinner, getting proper sleep, taking supplements and engaging in brain training exercises. Dr. Bredesen claims that 9 out of 10 of his patients have improved cognitive functioning after participating in his program, but that it only works for those with early-onset symptoms.

Women are at a Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s Than Men.

Maria Shriver became a big advocate for Alzheimer’s prevention after her father died from the disease. She especially rallies for brain health in women, who are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s—two out of three of the 5.5 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are female. No one is exactly sure why women tend to develop it more than men, but some studies suggest that education and professional work opportunities, or lack thereof, could be a contributing factor. However, the closing gap in educational and occupational between men and women may also mean that the gender gap in Alzheimer’s diagnoses is also getting smaller. Shriver also spearheads Move for Minds, an annual initiative each November the encourages women and men to make their cognitive health a priority.

Researchers are Determined to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s.

There are countless research studies that have attempted to explain how Alzheimer’s develops and what can be done to both prevent and cure it. Studies range from observational to clinical as well as preventional; and while scientists have made progress towards unraveling the mysteries behind this disease, there is much more to be done. The Alzheimer’s Association is a good source to read up on what scientific studies have been done to date. You and your family members can help be part of the solution by participating in a study, as scientists always need good candidates (both cognitive and non-cognitive impaired). Sign up through the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry.

For more information about making a contribution to IOA, please visit ioaging.org/donate

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Fire season started in Northern California much earlier in 2020 than any of us ever expected, thanks to a series of unprecedented lightning storms in August. Experts predict that we are in for a whopper of a fire season this Fall, adding insult to the injury of a global pandemic that has left many of us anxious and on edge already.

Mary Griffin, who leads the home care division for Institute on Aging, has been working steadfastly on a care management strategy for IOA participants living in fire prone zones. Between potential evacuations and air quality issues, there is a lot for Bay Area seniors and their caregivers to consider and be concerned about, especially those older adults who are mobility compromised or dealing with complex medical issues. Griffin has this advice to offer to seniors, their caregivers and families in terms of mitigating fire-related concerns:

  1. Put a plan in place. Seniors and their families need to put together a plan well in advance on how mandatory evacuations will be handled. Many assisted living places are not accepting new patients due to the pandemic, so staying with friends, family members or at a hotel may be the best (and only) option. Consider all the possibilities and come up with a few housing scenarios, make a list of what to pack and jot down instructions on how to handle prescriptions and other necessities. Put it all in writing and keep in a safe place.
  • Find a local agency and connect with them. In her experience, Griffin says that it can be tough to get the attention of local firefighting and police organizations as they are often at capacity during a major disaster like a fire. If a senior needs help with an evacuation, they may be better off enlisting a local community organization to help them with temporarily relocation, providing transportation and other support. If the senior requires special assistance, such as a wheelchair accessible van, make sure to research organizations who have appropriate equipment well in advance.

A partial list of community organizations that may be willing to step up and help:

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Catholic Charities of San Francisco

Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Rotary Club

SFFD Volunteer Fire Dept

SFMTA Paratransit

Plus the following two sites list a number of organizations which can be contacted for help:

VOAD – Voluntary Organizations in Disaster

SF CARD – Community Agencies Responding to Disaster

  • Invest in an air purifier. Fires in Northern California have proven that they are going to be a yearly problem, so investing in a home air purifier is a good idea. Although purifiers can vary wildly in terms of price, you should be able to get a decent one for $150 or less, like this purifier that retails for about $85. Also invest in a few N95 masks in case seniors and caregivers need to go outdoors.
  • Hire a temporary home care worker. Even if older adults can manage fine by themselves in normal times, a situation like a potential evacuation can add a tremendous amount of stress, especially if the senior has no family members close by. Families can arrange for a home care assistant to come in for a few hours a day on a temporary basis to help the senior pack, find a place to stay, and arrange for medication and transportation in the event of a potential evacuation. Plus, says Griffin (a former nurse), hiring a home care worker on a temporary basis can help a senior who has been very resistant to the idea of extra help become more comfortable with it.
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With the widespread information about the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fiction. Even though we’ve learned a lot about the virus since March, there are still a number of “rumors” floating around. Here are a few of them in which the World Health Organization (WHO) helps clarify.

Fact or Myth? Hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19.

Myth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), while hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, this “wonder drug” is clinically ineffective when it comes to COVID-19.

Fact or Myth? People need to wear face masks when exercising as this prevents the spread of coronavirus.

Myth. The WHO recommends that masks should NOT be worn during exercise, as they reduce the ability to breathe easily and sweat encourages the growth of bacteria. The best way to be safe during exercising is to maintain social distance of 6 feet or more.

Fact or Myth? The weather outside has no effect on the spread of COVID-19.

Fact: COVID-19 can survive in any kind of weather, including extremely hot and cold temperatures. Countries with consistently hot weather (such as Brazil) have had outbreaks as well as those with cooler weather.

Fact or Myth? Adding hot peppers to your food can prevent COVID-19.

Myth: This one is real rubbish! Even though peppers can enhance the taste of your food, they don’t do anything to protect you from contracting a virus. The best way to keep safe is to wear a mask, practice frequent hand washing and social distance yourself.

Fact or Myth? If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without feeling uncomfortable or coughing, you don’t have COVID-19.

Myth: Remember that many people who have COVID-19 are asymptomatic, so this silly exercise gives no indication if you are infected or not. The best way to tell if you have the disease is through a laboratory test, although dry cough, tiredness and fever are all indicative symptoms.

Fact or Myth? Vaccines against pneumonia do not protect against the COVID-19 virus.

Fact: This is true. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.

However, vaccinations that protect your from respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia are recommended to protect your health. 

*Source: World Health Organization.

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30 years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by the United States Congress. It was a groundbreaking move that secured the rights of all Americans living with disabilities, adults who are part of IOA’s core audience that we serve every day. But did you know that the city of San Francisco was key to making the ADA happen? 

Back in 1977, disability rights activists took over and occupied of the San Francisco Federal Building – a move that by directly led to enactment of the ground-breaking Section 504 regulations, considered the first civil rights law protecting people with disabilities and on which the ADA is based. The 1977 event was the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building in U.S. history. There is an award-winning documentary, The Power of 504, that details what happened.

To commemorate this historical moment, San Francisco Mayor London Breed designated July as Disability Pride Month, with a proclamation that states in part: Disability Pride enables people with disabilities to redefine their identity with self-worth, serves as a tool to tackle ableism, bias, and discrimination, and reshapes false negative perceptions of individuals with disabilities as people with value, talents, and significance. On July 26, San Francisco City Hall was lit up in blue to mark and celebrate this important event. You can see a full list of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act here.

Institute on Aging is proud that San Francisco was a key part of the history of the Disability Rights Movement and we join all San Franciscans in celebrating this monumental anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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In case you haven’t heard, the City of San Francisco has opened the doors for seniors and adults living with disabilities to pick up groceries, visit the doctor and take care of other essential errands via subsidized taxi rides during the pandemic.

SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority) is now providing an Essential Trip Card (ETC) to anyone over age 65 and adults with at least one disability living in San Francisco. The card offers a substantial discount on taxi rides, with eligible participants only paying 20% of the cost of regular cab fare, and will cover between two and three trips per month within the city limits for essential trips such as to the pharmacy or to a grocery store.

Those over 65 years of age and persons living with disabilities may apply for the ETC program by calling 311 between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on weekdays and mentioning the program. Qualifying customers may also enroll in person at the SF Paratransit Broker’s Office (68 12th Street) if needed. Once the ETC is activated, participants will need to add funds to a card in order to receive the trip discount. For every $6 loaded, participants receive a $30 value, or $12 for a $60 value (up to $60 value per month is allowed). More on the program, included frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Currently, MUNI service is largely restricted due to safety reasons associated with COVID-19, which has made it much harder on seniors in terms of getting around.

All riders are asked by SFMTA to wear a face covering, as required by the State of California, and San Francisco’s Public Health Emergency Order. It is also recommended that the rider take hand sanitizer along during their ride and touch as few surfaces as possible.  

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Households headed by Americans 75 and older have the highest median net worth, and households headed by Americans 80 and older have twice as much net worth as those headed by Americans 50 and older.  Plain and simple, older Americans’ wealth is the primary reason they are targeted by scammers.

While scams have been around for centuries, the coronavirus pandemic has opened the door for a whole host of new and creatively sinister fraud-based activities that threaten the financial well-being of unsuspecting older adults.

“Take the deep uncertainty created by this pandemic, add the social isolation brought on by the shelter-in-place, then mix in the fact that many older adults must now rely on others to have their most basic needs met — like having groceries and medications — and you have the perfect storm for scams,” said Shawna Reeves, Institute on Aging’s Director of Elder Abuse Prevention. 

Current scams targeting seniors revolve around federal stimulus checks, fake vaccines and tests for COVID-19, charity donations, health care worker impersonators demanding money for taking care of sick relatives, and phishing scams to gain personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes a Scam Alert that details a number of these scams as they surface and evolve.

Why are older adults such targets for scams? In addition to the reasons stated above, older adults are more likely to own a home, have good credit, and be home during much of the day, which means they have more time to answer potentially fraudulent phone calls. Additionally, they are likely experiencing an overlay of fear related to the pandemic.  Fear can be our worst enemy when attempting to make sound financial decisions.

The first step in avoiding being the victim of a scam is to be aware of certain warning signs and red flags, such as:

  • Beware of anyone calling telling you a family member is in trouble and urgently needs money for bail or hospital bills. Get a call back number from the caller and use that to verify the authenticity of the call. Or ask them to use a family password.
  • Never give out personal information over the phone to someone who initiates a call with you. Only engage with companies with which you have an existing relationship and with whom you contacted first. 
  • Do not engage with vendors and businesses unless you have verified their authenticity.
  • If someone offers to sell you a vaccine or other treatment for coronavirus, it’s a scam. No vaccine or treatment for coronavirus currently exists. 
  • If something sounds too good to be true, it is. If you are being pressured or told that you must “act now,” stop communicating with that person or business. If you are being instructed to make a payment via money wire or gift cards, it is a scam.  Whenever you are about to send money or sign a contract, consult with a trusted friend or family member before doing so.  The more impartial eyes on a transaction, the better.

If you, a friend or a loved one has become a victim of a scam, there are resources to turn to. No one should ever feel ashamed about becoming a scam victim; the focus should be on getting the right kind of help. Here are a few resources to either report fraudulent activity or stay connected as a preventative measure: 

SF Adult Protective Services: (415) 355-6700 

San Francisco Office of the District Attorney Victim Services Division: (415) 553-9044

San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment—Consumer Fraud: (415) 551-9595

Little Brothers — Friends of the Elderly: (415) 771-7957 

Institute on Aging Friendship Line: (800) 971-0016

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This month, Institute on Aging wants to recognize some of the glorious ways in which Bay Area locals are taking care of older neighbors, family members and friends, as well as the ways that older adults enrich the rest of us — not only during shelter-in-place, but all year long.

I’ve been volunteering for 10 years at the Friendship Line and I love it. After having a career as a geriatric social worker for 25 years, I thought I wanted to work with children in my retirement days, but quickly realized I missed working with the elderly. My cousin told me about the Friendship Line and I immediately signed up. I am 83 myself, and not shy about sharing my age with callers since I think it makes me more relatable. Quite often I get calls from people I’ve previously spoken with, and we pick up our conversation right where we left off. So many are isolated seniors, and the Friendship Line is really important to them as they don’t have anyone else to relate to in person.

–Linda Lyons, Friendship Line Volunteer

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Slippery Fish Preschool (my youngest son goes there), and IOA’s Activities Director, Steve Jacob, of the support services team at Martin Luther Tower (affordable senior housing) are all working together to assemble and deliver care packages to the 120 older residents sheltering-in-place at Martin Luther Tower. Each will receive a goody bag left on their door that includes letters and artwork from the preschool children.

–Rowena Fontanos, San Francisco Resident

On my block in San Francisco, we maintain an occasional online-community forum. Many of our members are aging residents or have older loved ones, so I recently reminded everyone about our Friendship Line and its magnificent ability to alleviate isolation and loneliness—an important superpower during this time of lessening live interactions. Not only did I receive gratitude notes via email, but a neighbor, whom I’d never met, showed up at my front door to thank me in person (keeping social distance, of course)! Her enthusiastic gift of gratitude really belongs to Friendship Line and the amazing staff who practice compassionate listening and support of those who need it most.

— Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging

We will never forget Father Dennis, one of the sweetest men that many of us had ever met. Formerly, he was a priest who spent most of his time in the Tenderloin helping those who needed it most. He knew the neighborhood was dangerous, but that’s why he had to be of service there. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he became depressed and almost non-verbal after leaving his position at the church, but once he started coming to our social day program five days a week, he awoke again! His caregiver noted that after his first week with us, as he was driving him home, Father said, “Oh, look!  It’s that funny mustard colored house we saw yesterday” with the old, familiar delight in his voice that had been absent for so long. After that, Father started wearing his “funny t-shirts” to the center. Think Garfield saying “Ugh, Mondays” or “My friends went to Puerto Rico and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” grandpa humor type of shirts.

Father was thriving and his joy radiated to everyone with whom he came in contact. One day, I was walking with Father and he started to cry. When I inquired as to what was bothering him, he said he was overwhelmed because in his previous life, his purpose was to serve and take care of others. Now his purpose was to receive that same care. He told me that’s how he felt connected to God. I, of course, had tears of gratitude streaming down my face. He had articulated so simply one of our most human conditions: the power of care.

–Alison Moritz, Program Director of the Enrichment Center at the Presidio

Please consider making a contribution to our Care for Caregivers fund today. Because with your help, our collective care can go farther. Donate now!

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