Author: sdsuCEAL

  • Home Care Aid Part 2: Exploring the Trends

    Home Care Aid Part 2:  Exploring the Trends

    Part two of a three-part series by Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute Addressing access to home care aid involves confronting two immense challenges: housing and healthcare. These critical domains represent two of the five factors within the social determinants of health that play a role in influencing health outcomes. The absence of support in these…

  • Home Care Aid Part 1: Addressing the Challenges

    Home Care Aid Part 1: Addressing the Challenges

    Part one of a three-part series by Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute Our personal autonomy ebbs and flows throughout our lives. The first steps of a child signify the emergence of newfound independence, yet even in those moments, the reach for a reassuring guiding hand accompanies each wobbly step. This process of self-discovery and interdependence…

  • America’s Loneliness Crisis

    America’s Loneliness Crisis

    By Etta Thordarson, MSW Intern, SDSU Social Policy Institute Loneliness is increasingly recognized as a devastating issue across the United States, particularly impacting older adults (60+). While many acknowledge the common health risks associated with aging, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and dementia, fewer consider the impact of social loneliness on health.  Did you…

  • Celebrating Black Leaders in Aging Advocacy

    Celebrating Black Leaders in Aging Advocacy

    By Afrah Shah, Graduate Intern, SPI Social Policy Institute In honor of Black History Month, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black individuals who dedicated their lives to improving the well-being of older adults. Here, we highlight five remarkable people in American history and modern-day who made significant strides in advocating for the needs of…

  • Creating Meaningful Conversations Across Generations

    Creating Meaningful Conversations Across Generations

    By: Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute Think about your circle of friends—they likely share similar life experiences to you, given their similar ages. But when was the last time you engaged in a conversation with someone significantly younger or older than you? A conversation that leaves you with a fresh insight into another…

  • Your Health, Your Coverage: Navigating Open Enrollment

    Your Health, Your Coverage: Navigating Open Enrollment

    By: Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute Between the months of October and January, the air is electrified with a blend of celebration and anticipation. It’s a season where homes twinkle with the warmth of Christmas lights, where we gather with cherished loved ones to share moments of grace, and where we plan promises…

  • Home is where the Health is: Preserving Access to Home Healthcare

    Home is where the Health is: Preserving Access to Home Healthcare

    By: Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute When you think of going home, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s probably the warmth of those familiar pictures on the walls, the comfort of your own bed, and the reassuring presence of your cherished belongings. Home is where the heart is, but more…

  • Recognizing and Supporting Direct Care Workers: Key Insights from the PHI 2023 Report

    Recognizing and Supporting Direct Care Workers: Key Insights from the PHI 2023 Report

    By Etta Thordarson, MSW Intern, SDSU Social Policy Institute Do you know a direct care worker? Thank them for their hard work today! Direct care workers are a crucial facet of the United States Healthcare system. They are the home care health workers, residential care aides, and nursing assistants that many of us rely on to…

  • Aging Good … Ageism Bad

    Aging Good … Ageism Bad

    By Barbara Croyle and Nancy Verdin  “There are six myths about old age: 1. That it’s a disease, a disaster. 2. That we are mindless. 3.That we are sexless. 4. That we are useless. 5. That we are powerless. 6. That we are all alike.” Maggie Kuhn, Founder of the Gray Panthers “It is not…

  • Transform your Vision into Reality with SDSU ZIP Launchpad 

    Transform your Vision into Reality with SDSU ZIP Launchpad 

    By Nancy Verdin, Graduate Assistant, SDSU Social Policy Institute Have you ever encountered a challenge that you just can’t shake off, sparking the need for a solution? The kind of challenge that triggers the thought, “If only [insert brilliant idea] existed, it could create a significant positive impact.” If you’re a visionary, eager to bring your…