As we continue through the season of giving, I want to draw attention to a community that I have had the greatest pleasure serving through my work in healthcare…our elderly community.
This amazing group of people is one that is near and dear to my heart. Yet, I have witnessed some of the most heartbreaking moments in this role simply because these people are often left alone. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 12 million Americans over the age of 65 live alone. And, twelve percent of those living alone don’t have enough money to meet basic expenses (compared with 5 percent of those who live with others).
You probably know someone special that fits into this population. At some point, we will all witness a loved one living with life-altering situations, perhaps dementia, Alzheimer’s, or simply the process of aging. I have and I learned to consider this community when thinking of how to give back.