Monthly Archives: September 2011

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INSIGHTS ON CONVENING OF AGING PROFESSIONALS – Post 4

In effort to provide insights, address questions and foster clarity around the function, expectations and importance of the upcoming National Convening of Aging Professionals, GRIOT Circle provides post #4 in this Q&A series.

Please use the comment tab at the bottom of this post to expand the discussion on this topic and present your questions.

WHERE CAN I WATCH OR READ A REPORT OF WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TWO-DAY CONVENING IN D.C.?

Another intended outcome of the Convening will be written reports of all interactions, discussions, decisions, suggestions made there.  We’re having a team of volunteers who will ensure faithful and detailed transcriptions will be shared with our funder and the general public.  These documents will also be made available on GRIOT Circle’s website and Blog.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN WHY THIS CONVENING IS IMPORTANT TO MY PEERS?

As stated earlier, this Convening marks a historic moment in U.S. public health where the needs of the POC LGBT elder community will be addressed competently and openly.

WILL ISSUES FACED BY CAREGIVERS BE ADDRESSED AND SOLVED?

Absolutely! One major challenge to chronic health care disparities is provider cultural competency or lack thereof.  It’s easy to talk about promoting positive health behaviors and encouraging healthier lifestyles among the POC LGBT elders, but it’s quite another thing to translate this into language, tools and concepts readily accessible to this population.  Cultural competence, at the provider level and at the institutional level, is a key goal of education on POC LGBT aging health issues.  A provider’s lack of cultural competence has been shown to negatively affect not only provider-patient interaction and care-giving, but also the patient’s care seeking behavior.  Conversely, it’s a well established health care fact that the provisions of health care services that are respectful of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients can help close the gap in health care outcomes.

Mind Your Own Life: Author Aaron Anson Discusses His Book

Author Arthur Anson. Photo courtesy Oliver Anson.

What is the overall message that you would like your readers to gain from your book?

My book is about engaging our own minds to seek and reconcile our own truths with God, or the source that created us all. It is not as important as we’ve been taught to give names to the unnameable, but more important to recognize that we came into existence instinctively knowing only love, and our beliefs and inherited prejudices were taught to us by others who in turn had those beliefs instilled and taught to them as well.

What can people 50 and over learn from “Mind Your Own Life”?

This journey back to love is one we can begin at any point in our lives. We cannot be held captive to the truths of others. We should reconcile for ourselves, and when we know a truth is inherently ours and agrees with us we should hold steadfast to our own knowing. We can acknowledge how we have passed down our own taught beliefs to others after us and how our inherited beliefs has affected our relationship with those we profess to love. If we can see where we came from, we can better understand where we are going and perhaps objectively encourage others more positively. More families, marriages and relationships have been destroyed in the name of religion then we care to admit.

To Read Full Story, Please Click Here –> Mind Your Own Life, Interview with Aaron Anson — AARP.

How Your Greatest Insecurities Reveal Your Deepest Gifts

Your Core Gifts:The Powerful, Unexpected Path To Love

By Ken Page, LCSW in Finding Love

In my decades of practice as a psychotherapist, this is the insight that has inspired me most:

Our deepest wounds surround our greatest gifts.

I’ve found that the very qualities we’re most ashamed of, the ones we keep trying to reshape or hide, are in fact the key to finding real love. I call them core gifts.

It’s so easy to get lost in the quest for self-improvement. Every billboard seduces us with the vision of a happier, more successful life. I’m suggesting an opposite road to happiness. If we can name our own awkward, ardent gifts, and extricate them from the shame and wounds that keep them buried, we’ll find ourselves on a bullet train to deep, surprising, life-changing intimacy.

Over the years, I realized that the characteristics of my clients which I found most inspiring, most essentially them, were the ones which frequently caused them the most suffering.  Some clients would complain of feeling like they were “too much”; too intense, too angry, or too demanding. From my therapist’s chair, I would see a passion so powerful that it frightened people away.

TO READ FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE –>  Psychology Today.

Military Ends ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Speaker Christine C. Quinn

September 2011

LGBT and HIV/AIDS Community Report

Dear New Yorker,

After nearly two decades of advocacy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is officially over.

No longer will LGBT Americans be denied the right to serve this great country of ours, nor will they be forced to hide a part of themselves in order to continue their service.

I’d like to thank President Obama, Senator Gillibrand, Congress Member Nadler, and the other members of Congress for ending this discriminatory policy once and for all.  Special thanks as well to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Human Rights Campaign, and all the other advocacy organizations for their incredible work in gaining equality in the military.

The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell sends a simple, but powerful, message that we all deserve respect, regardless of who we love.  This is an historic step for equality and the security of our nation and world.

Best,

Chris Quinn
Speaker

50 Best Companies for Workers Over 50 – AARP

1. Scripps Health

2. Cornell University

3. National Institutes of Health

4. First Horizon National Corporation

5. West Virginia University

6. The YMCA of Greater Rochester

7. Atlantic Health System

8. Mercy Health System

9. Bon Secours Richmond Health System

10. The Aerospace Corporation

 

TO SEE ENTIRE LIST, CLICK ON THIS LINK –> Best Employers Winners 2011 – AARP

Ask Our Doc: Treat Your Feet

By Dr. Kevin B. Coleman

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine,  New York State licensure

When people shop for shoes based on style or brand and how they fit with their outfit, instead of how shoes fit their feet, they’re setting themselves up for foot pain and discomfort.  Ill-fitting shoes that are too large or too small, and footwear with poor arch support are the prime agitators for foot problems.

For care of foot pain and discomfort turn to podiatrists.  These health care professionals must be licensed by the State to provide medical and surgical management of the lower extremity–which includes foot, ankle and lower leg.  They have the ability to diagnose systemic diseases and treat lower extremity manifestations.

The most common problems many podiatrists treat are toe nail disorders, such as ingrown, fungal or elongated nails, and hyperkeratoses (corns and calluses caused by tight shoes).  If you see a growth or feel discomfort make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.  A visit usually includes an exam, a thorough assessment and treatment recommendations.

We are medically and surgically trained to help patients with these common foot problems.  Some of the reasons why people with such ailments seek assistance from a podiatrist are:

1]  Podiatrists are specially trained to trim corns and calluses.  When people try to cut their own calluses they run the risk of injuring themselves, which could lead to possible infection.  Having a professional do this can remove the chance of accidents.

2]  Some patients have inadequate vision or limited flexibility so they can’t reach their feet well enough to safely clip their nails, thus need a podiatrist to provide this service.

3]  Diabetes and poor circulation can also create the need for assistance from a podiatrist.

In between visits to your foot doctor, patients commonly use do-it-yourself pampering practices, such as warm water foot soaks, massage to help with foot discomfort and applying a favorite foot cream.

People with diabetes and/or poor circulation should have their feet evaluated every two months by a podiatrist.  Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are commonly used to pay for podiatry services.  Next time, the Doc will offer steps to help diabetics walk in good health.

Walk lively, see your podiatrist regularly.

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Dr. Coleman has 25 years of experience, trained at New York College of Podiatric Medicine and is based in Brooklyn.  He can be reached at 231-846-8643 to address your questions and concerns.

Dekalb Market Launched

Looking to get all your shopping done for the week?  A new market close to Fort Greene highlights the best locally-grown produce and products in Brooklyn.

With over a dozen food vendors, an Internet radio station and educational farm, Dekalb Market, a project put together by Urban Space and located on Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, is looking to become a new sustainable hub for both retailers and the community at large.

Approximately 29 Brooklyn-based purveyors ranging from food vendors to retail stores will be on hand.  There will also be vendors from the Dekalb Farm offering options from educational classes on horticulture from Liberty Sunset Garden Center, to an incubator farm with eight plots.

TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE –> Dekalb Market Launches – Ft. Greene-Clinton Hill Patch.