Why belabor this? Many of us are celebrating the birth of "Christ" and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A likely response would be that this is an opportune time given that we are more attentive to those who are 'less fortunate'. The act of giving is more pronounced during this time of the year. And according to the scriptures, Jesus made assistance and service to the poor, infirmed and marginalized the core of his teachings. There are band-aid approaches and I'm thankful for those efforts; though gaps in reaching the truly needy are widening. Through no fault of their own, seniors have lost their pensions and their jobs, and have been forced into early retirement. I can't help but wonder if escalated and more direct action measures to improve service delivery for those marginalized groups in our society (seniors for the sake of this argument) via the political, medical and social network systems are in order. My point is that solution-focused strategies are necessary and we must follow up on how effective they are as we continue to try to improve the quality of life for those who've given so much to society during their wage earning years. Mobilization efforts are just as important on the local level as well as the national arena.
This article by no means suggests that there are an alarming number of seniors who don't have the wherewithal, means and support systems when it comes to mental health and medical interventions. My contention is that as we sit at that table of good mental health and plenty; we should do all we can to make sure that a significant number are seated as well. With that said:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|Artist: Thomas Blackshear|
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