At some point in our lives, if we don’t slow down on our own, we are forced to slow down. Early Baby Boomers are now in their 60’s. Many of them are still working, but they may eventually need caregivers.
“Is California prepared to meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation?” That was the question posed three years ago by the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada), where I served as Chief of Staff.
Sometimes seen as the step before hospice, palliative care is actually appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. Unlike hospice — which requires that treatment stop – palliative care can be offered while a cure is pursued.
At the front lines of California’s rapidly aging demographic, California mayors and local leaders are taking a fresh course of action to make their communities age-friendly, and more livable for everyone, as part of a growing international movement.
A group of mostly elders in their 80’s and 90’s liked coming to the Elders Academy presentations every Wednesday afternoon in the cozy Forget-Me-Not-Café, a part of our AgeSong assisted living community in San Francisco.
Everything I knew about aging was wrong. That was the first lesson I learned when I plunged headfirst into the world of aging as a reporter five years ago. What did I get so wrong?
California’s population is aging. By 2030, 18 percent of the state will be 65 or older. More significantly, this population will be increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Current projections suggest that 52% of these older adults will be members of a minority group.
Nate Kyle is 8 years old and diagnosed with a brain malformation characterized by lack of proper wrinkles on the brain. Since he cannot sit up on his own, he spends a lot of time on his blanket on the floor. When he is healthy, he attempts to logroll. As he succeeds, a big grin emerges on his face, and he is enthusiastically applauded by his dad and his mom — me.
A child’s health and chance to survive a serious medical condition should not be dependent on their family’s income. All children deserve access to high-quality health care services – particularly children who are medically fragile or have serious diseases.
California’s day programs for adults with autism are underfunded and overcrowded. But with thousands of young people with developmental delays or disabilities about to reach the age at which they can no longer attend a public school, the problem is soon going to get much, much worse.