Live on the Radio February 18th
Jayla’s guest today is Percy Devine III, the Bi-Regional Administrator for the Administration for Community for the Denver and Dallas region. Percy is responsible for funding the Governors of each state, the federal funds designed to provide the senior services in those areas. Percy explains the perspective that the federal agency is moving regarding seniors. Their mission is to maximize the independence, well-being and health of those individuals, their families, and their caregivers. He noted that the aging population and the disabled population share many of the same needs. Further Mr. Devine explained the federal government is creating a national agency network, The Area Agency on Aging. The key is to help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible. He also spoke of the need to integrate the medical model and the social model.
Next, we welcome Susan Stern, a community volunteer who has dedicated a 35 year career working with the aging population as a social worker. She has been a board member of the Woodward Respite Care Board for 25 years. This private non-profit agency has a mission to help families access respite care and give full time caregivers time off. Susan explained that sometimes caregivers end up sicker than the person they are caring for. They definitely need a break to recharge their batteries, and the Wood Respite Care Group provides scholarships for $1000. This group is a great example how a small group of people can provide valuable services to their community.
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