Social Security is frequently proposed as a program to explore in looking for cost-savings. In light of both federal and state budget crises, advocacy is necessary to protect safety net programs, like Social Security; the time to speak up is now. There is evidence that older adults are not able to afford cost of community living. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform meets May 26th, is Social Security secure?
Chicago Bridge June Event “Empowered Aging: Stories of Strength” Wednesday June 16, 6-8pm Hosted by Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly 305 N Ashland Ave Chicago IL 60607 RSVP to Kristen Pavle at firstname.lastname@example.org Food and refreshments provided Parking available. Public transit close by. Take CTA Ashland bus or Green/Pink Line to the Ashland Stop […]
One of life’s most difficult transitions may be for an older adult moving to a long-term care facility. For aging professionals, we can attempt to understand this experience by comparing this transition to other life transitions. However, there is a lot to learn from older adults transitioning to new communities later in life, especially from the perspective of older adults themselves.
Integrating mature adults into the workplace has its benefits. Bringing mature and younger workers together not only enhances the output, it enhances quality of life. Taking advantage of the skills of mature workers will not only support economic productivity, it improves that worker’s well-being.
Read the first hand observations of two Geriatric Specialists from Rush University Senior Care who visited Haiti as part of HelpAge International’s disaster relief for older adults affected by the recent earthquake. It is a story of incredible devastation, red tape, resilience, and hope.
“It’s all about who you know” Networking with others in the field is a great way to find your way among seasoned professionals. I’m sure you have heard the saying, “It’s all about who you know”. I wrote about this in an earlier Chicago Bridge blog post, From Student to Professional a Reflection by a […]
Although a 20-year-old federal mandate restricts the use of chemical restraints on nursing home residents, misuse and overuse of psychotropic drugs on residents is a substantial problem with dire consequences. This form of abuse has come to the attention of the Illinois Nursing Home Safety Task Force, which is currently developing a policy to assure appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in Illinois nursing homes.
With the increase of older adults in society, business opportunities abound. If you’ve ever thought about creating your own business and work in the field of aging, you could use your creativity to develop a small business. With a great idea, lots of dedication, and an excellent support system, you could carve a unique niche and find yourself in a satisfying career.
The Chicago Bridge Social and Support Group hosts spring-time Happy Hour. The Social and Support Group aims to offer socializing opportunities, without the typical Chicago Bridge focus on networking. A BBQ/picnic is in planning stages for Chicago Bridge members sometime this summer.
The Chicago Bridge recently launched a mentorship program. The Mentorship Program is a six-month pilot that includes 15 mentor-mentee pairs. The mentees are aging professionals with five to seven years experience in the field and are matched with more experienced professional mentors. The pilot Mentorship Program aims to assist emerging professionals break into Chicago’s tight-knit field of aging.