Making the Country Better for Seniors

Making the Country Better for Seniors

If you followed the presidential campaign, you saw #MAGA (Make America Great Again) by the GOP, and #BetterTogether by the Dems. Social media turns content and news into a hashtag parade of tweets and follows.

If I start a social media campaign to make cities and states become a better place for older adults, what should I call it? At first, I thought #AgingMatters, and a friend suggested #BetterThanBingo. The entire premise is to get city and state officials to consider what the older voters want. Sometimes it feels like we're left behind, especially on important topics like transportation, health care, affordable housing, etc. Do you feel that way?

If you're 55 or 60 and older, do you feel ignored and what you want doesn't matter? And your needs and desires have little value to government officials and business leaders? That's how I feel too, and I want to do something about it by starting a hashtag campaign to promote healthy aging and lifestyles - but I'm at a loss for what to call it!

The campaign comes about after hearing the worries, fears, and hardships that individuals have and talk about on Facebook. The issues are challenging and require collective answers and solutions, from officials AND citizens. We're in this together, and since the aging population explodes, we need answers and need them fast because it feels like we're on a sinking ship.

City and state officials hold the key to solving aging in place worries. That's why I plan to ask members at the state senate and congress, and even city officials on how they can help us make cities better for seniors. Here are the issues we live with:

  • Affordable housing
  • Transportation options
  • Socialization and healthy lifestyles
  • Financial support
  • Healthcare
     

The compressed list illustrates the matters that adults need to age in place, and most of us want to live at home. Besides, senior housing like independent and assisted living, and nursing homes, come with a hefty price tag. But what gets in the way of healthy "aging in place" are the exact issues above. Being a senior citizen, here are a few questions I'll take to the government chambers.

  • Housing - what are city planners doing to make housing accessible and affordable?
  • Transportation - seniors need to get around, what are city officials doing about it?
  • Financial - what type of jobs do you offer seniors? What opportunities do you hope to create that focus on seniors working?
  • Social activities - what social endeavors, organizations, etc. are available for seniors to help deal with isolation, and become more involved?
  • Healthcare - what health care assistance do you offer that will help people get the care they need?
     

Soon the campaign will launch - What should I call it?

Carol Marak
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Carol Marak earned a Fundamentals of Gerontology Certificate from the USC Davis School of Gerontology and advocates on behalf of older adults and family caregivers. She simpli ... Click for full bio

Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 17-21

Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 17-21

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on IRIS.xyz, April 17-21, 2017 


Click the headline to read the full article.  Enjoy!


1. Market Keeping You up at Night? Look for the Right Hedge


Like so many others in the industry, I was wrong. For years, I was certain that the bull market was nearing its end. I thought the market was over-extended, and that, surely, the wild equities run was coming to an end. But everyone else was bullish, and perhaps rightfully so. And while I’ve watched equities continue on their spectacular rise, I do think now is the time (really!) to put a hedge in place. Here’s why. Here’s how. — Adam Patti

2. How to Manage Bond Market Pain and Seek the Gain When Rates Are Rising


The realities for fixed income investors have changed. How is this being reflected in markets? Bond investing has become increasingly difficult over the past decade. Markets have been heavily distorted by ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing, as well as by extreme risk aversion in response to the global economic crisis and the eurozone debt crisis. — Nick Gartside

3. Seven Reasons You'll Fail as a Financial Advisor


Is being a financial advisor worth it? I am an optimistic person and I encourage other people to keep a positive mental attitude (shout-out to Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone). However, by taking a good, hard look at the negatives in life, we can successfully pivot towards the positive aspects that will help us achieve our goals. — James Pollard

4. The Secret to Turning Every Prospect into a Client


How do you treat one of your most valued, existing clients? Here’s a list of some things that come to mind. — Andrew Sobel

5. Why Do Clients Change Advisors?


According to many advisors I speak with, the only clients that leave are those who have died. And while attrition may not be a big problem in this industry, I have to assume that at least a few clients change advisors without doing so via the funeral home. — Julie Littlechild

6. Why You Should Focus on Getting Referral Sources


I was talking with an advisor last week about how to get into conversations about what he does. He was relaying the story of going jogging with a friend who could be a good client but is, more importantly, connected to a large network of people who fit this advisors ideal client description. — Stephen Wershing

7. How Big Picture Thinkers Seize More Opportunities in 7 Steps


Big picture thinkers are not unicorns - rare and mystical. And they were not born with the innate ability to think big. They do, however, pay attention to the broader landscape and take the time to think, analyze and evaluate. — Jill Houtman and Danny Domenighini

8. 5 Actions to Build Your Reputation


Your reputation is who you are and how you show up, Monday to Monday®.  Many of us take our image and reputation for granted.  Give careful thought to the kind of reputation that you would be proud of Monday to Monday® and that would resonate with your purpose and priorities. — Stacey Hanke

9. How Are You Poised to Begin Welcoming GenZ to Your Workplace?


The generational changing of the guard is a fact of life as old as time. Young replaces old in responsibility, importance, control and culture. Outside of the family, the workplace is perhaps where this is seen most regularly by most people. — Shirley Engelmeier

10. Are Price Objections REALLY Price Objections?


Next time you hear your prospects give you price objections, it’s not because of the price. The give price objections because they don’t know the full value proposition that they’d be paying for. And it’s not based on their need, or your features and functions. It’s based on the buying criteria they want to meet internally. — Sofia Carter

11. Understanding the Economic Value of Transition Deals


Last week we wrote about the economic rationale behind going independent vs. moving to another major firm as an employee. As a follow-up topic, we thought it prudent to analyze transition packages attached to big firm moves and peel back the layers of the onion to show the components of these deals. — Louis Diamond

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