On May 6 we begin National Nursing Week with the recognition of National Nurses Day! This recognition honors the drive, fortitude and dedication of nurses and concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Today we join everyone in honoring all those who heard the call of the woman with the lantern and risk their own safety and wellness to offer care!
As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic state, local, and national legislatures, and agencies have created a myriad of tools, solutions and resources for support. While knowing that assistance is out there, it is often difficult to navigate it all or get a birds eye view of all the resources available to help. National consulting firm A&M has created a comprehensive guide to the health and Human Service response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes summaries of legislation as well as policy actions affecting civil rights, individuals with developmental disabilities, food supports and loans.
This infographic explores the current state of food insecurity in America. Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 1 in 9 people in the US were food insecure and lacked consistent access to enough food and nutritious options. Food insecurity, while tied to poverty, is also impacted by other social determinants of health, including access to transportation, housing and social isolation. As people practice social distancing and quarantine, many are faced with new challenges to accessing and affording food.
The industry used to be recession-proof. Not anymore. The postponement of elective procedures has crushed the bottom line.
Ways to help older neighbors and relatives in isolation (and how they can help you) \ The Washington Post
Older Americans, particularly those over the age of 65, are still some of the most at risk as the novel coronavirus outbreak stretches from weeks into months. Although some states are already lifting restrictions, infectious-disease experts warn that combating the virus will be a marathon, not a sprint. The respiratory disease poses a threat to all Americans, not just seniors, and there are signs the virus is killing far more men than women.
A look at the goals that were met and ones still needing to reach fruition. This week marks the 25th anniversary of the end of President Clinton’s 1995 White House Conference on Aging, where I was executive director. Delegates at such conferences (3,000 in 1995) make recommendations for national aging policy for the next 10 years. That year’s theme: “The Road to an Aging Policy for the 21st Century.”
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is launching the “You are Not Alone” awareness campaign for Mental Health Month during May in partnership with Anthem, Inc. NAMI’s national campaign focuses on the power of connection during a time that, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are struggling with the effects of physical distancing, including social isolation, depression, and anxiety.
The pandemic’s disruption shows how much academia could learn from the disability community. Disabled people including myself have long campaigned for accommodations to help us live our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic shows that these are not as impractical as we have always been told. Supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies (even outside cities) can deliver; remote working, medicine and education are possible for many; and social lives can be rewarding without requiring us to leave home.
What’s the proper etiquette when you encounter someone who seems determined to be “in your face” about their disdain for pandemic precaution? How should you react to someone wearing a face mask when you aren’t wearing one yourself?
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