Elderly Population and the Advocate Role
Working with elderly people is an excellent way to give back to any community; doing this helps those who are otherwise helpless and even unaware that they are digressing. The elderly community can face many problems including nutrition, locating housing that they can afford, and adequate medical care. Additionally, having the support and assistance of an advocate can help the elderly cope with him or her losing their ability to drive, his or her loneliness because of the death of a loved one, and even not having any family members around to show their support. Having advocates who are passionate in what he or she does is vital in assisting this group of people with his or her problems.
More often than many people realize an elderly person lacks adequate nutritional care. The main reason for this is that he or she does not have the monetary means to purchase nutritional food.
This is because most time he or she has to choose between his or her medication and purchasing nutritional foods. Many times these people choose his or her medication over their nutritional needs. A simply solution to this is to work with the government program food stamps to raise the benefit amounts for those who honestly need these benefits. In Indiana the monthly income limit for a family of one in Indiana is $1,180, a family of two is $1,594. Making over this amount of money disqualifies a person from receiving these benefits (IN.gov, n.d.). There are not any extenuating circumstances taken into consideration when looking at this income. Expenses such as rent or mortgage, gas, electricity, water, insurance premiums, medicines, and even phone bills should be factored into the monthly limits. After these items have been deducted from the monthly...