MAPS Helps Elders in Need

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Generations Concierge is incredibly proud to be a part of Mission to Assist and Provide for Seniors (MAPS Charities). This charity organization works tirelessly to help elders in need. According to a 2015 UCLA study, more than 1 in 5 seniors are part of the ‘hidden poor’. Many can’t afford basic needs, yet are ineligible for government assistance.

MAPS Charities works to stop this gap by raising funds and awarding basic necessities to those who apply, including eyeglasses, food, rent, blood pressure cuffs, new windows and pest extermination, just to name a few. On Friday, we attended the annual MAPS Charities Luncheon - a fundraising effort that honors a different ambassador of the aging every year. This year’s honoree was Laura Trejo, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Aging who has been named by Los Angeles Magazine among the “50 Most Influential Women” and the United States Library of Congress has recognized her as a force for social change.

You can be a force for social change as well by making a donation of any size to MAPS Charities. Please click here to donate and help our local aging grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons in need!

Women in particular are subject to fall into poverty. 

Women in particular are subject to fall into poverty. 

As AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said at an Aging in America conference, older Americans who live in poverty “cannot avoid its consequences. They wake up to that reality each and every day. Poverty is fundamentally America’s problem. A solution needs to come from all of us.”

Studies Show the Internet Can Be Good for Your Health...

...for older adults, anyway! According to the Pew Research Center, internet use among individuals 65 and older grew 150 percent between 2009 and 2011, the largest growth in any demographic group. Several recent studies show that the world wide web is an important tool in reducing loneliness and other depressive symptoms in older adults. We at Generations firmly believe that access to the internet and social media helps keep our elders engaged and connected - especially if they aren't as mobile as they used to be. So if your loved one isn't already online, you may want to consider getting them up and running.  

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Once I was lost, but now am found

We’ve all heard that music is therapeutic. But as Dan Cohen illustrates in the amazing documentary, Alive Inside, the right music can literally help people lost to dementia find themselves again. When Dan realized this to be true, he made it his mission to get iPods and headphones into every nursing home in America where many folks afflicted by dementia are left to fade away. In the film, you see person after person transform from withdrawn and confused to fully animated versions of their former selves, happily retelling their life stories. The igniting force? Their favorite songs. And the effects are lasting, much more effective than any prescription drug. For more information, visit Music & Memory and you can watch the entire documentary on Netflix or YouTube. You’ll be happy you did. 

Housing Referral Services - free & invaluable!

A couple of weeks ago, we attended a community meeting hosted by LA City Attorney Mike Feuer about the complex issues being faced by our ever-growing Baby Boomer Generation - individuals born between 1946 and 1964. The informal panel discussion covered topics ranging from elder abuse to consumer fraud. One audience question that came up over and over again was - how will I know which assisted living or nursing facilities are good and which are bad? This is where a housing referral service can help you navigate the waters. When my mom needed more care, I initially set out on my quest alone. We had a modest budget and with that, every place seemed like a rundown, neglected weigh station for people to die. My heart sank and I began to panic. Then a friend told me about Heart Light, a housing referral service that connects you with the best places for your needs and budget - free of charge. Everything turned around for me in a single phone call and I found the perfect place for my mom with terrific care. I simply cannot say enough good things about my experience. If you or a loved one is in need, be sure to start with a housing referral service like Heart Light