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Aging in America, the 2012 annual conference of the American Society on Aging is the largest multidisciplinary aging conference in the country. It is recognized as the leading platform for sharing knowledge, perspectives, best practices and replicable models that help participants enhance their skills and be more effective in their work with older adults. There’s no better professional development opportunity for the people and organizations whose missions support quality of life and care for elders.
Who: American Society on Aging
When: March 28 – April 1, 2012
Where: Washington, D.C.
For more details just click here–> www.asaging.org/aia12
Over fifty aging professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. on October 12-13, 2011 for the First National Convening of POC LGBT Aging Professionals hosted at the AARP Brickfield Center.
The idea of organizing a National Convening targeted to POC leaders of organizations and POC elders in the community to create a cross-cultural aging Network to promote LGBT POC aging on a national platform came during the American Society on Aging (ASA) LAIN (LGBT Aging Issues Network) Retreat held 2010 in New Mexico and sponsored by the Arcus Foundation.
From the meeting emerged The POC “Hot Spot” committee of LAIN to help address the gaps and help inform an inclusive practice for future educational efforts of ASA.
This Convening is an occasion for discussion and an opportunity to develop the strategies for building a common vision among LGBT POC professionals, activists and allies committed to aging issues. The Convening has been realized and the work of building a formidable network for aging professionals who serve the POC LGBT community has begun. Here, we share some outtakes from the first day of facilitated discussions and group workshops. Subsequent posts on the GRIOT Blog will record and report on this historic event, and the outcomes.
Photography by SeanDrakes.com
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.
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.
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.