Police Volunteers Check In On Elderly And Disabled Fremont Residents
In other news on elder care, a study finds that more Americans are providing care for aging relatives and that those caregivers also need more social services and financial aid.
East Bay Times:
Fremont Police Patrol Volunteers Call Senior, Disabled And Home-Bound Residents To Make Sure They Are Doing OK And Not Facing A Medical Emergency.
The idea came to Fremont community services officer Diana Allen about four years ago when she saw a story out of Arizona about a senior citizen who was found injured inside her home a week after falling. ... A year later in 2013, police started the You Are Not Alone program in partnership with the city’s Human Services Department, which is modeled after similar ones Allen investigated, including one in Piedmont and three other cities in California. But so far the program has only 16 seniors enrolled who receive phone calls from 10 Fremont police patrol volunteers and the city is hoping to get more elderly, disabled and home-bound residents signed up. (Mohammed, 9/13)
Kaiser Health News:
Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help Too
Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday. ... Describing family caregiving as “a critical issue of public policy,” a committee of experts in health care and aging said the next presidential administration in 2017 should direct a national strategy to develop ways to support caregivers, including economically. (Bluth, 9/13)