Archive for August, 2005



Aid agencies ignored special needs of elderly people after tsunami

BMJ 2005;331:422 (20 August), doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7514.422

Aid agencies ignored special needs of elderly people after tsunami
Ganapati Mudur New Delhi

Elderly people who survived the Asian tsunami on 26 December last year were unable to get health care, food aid, or cash support because relief packages were not specially designed for them, the non-profit agency HelpAge International has said.

Despite attempts in the past to highlight the vulnerability of elderly people during emergencies, the tsunami relief effort did not take into account the special needs of this group in its initial phase, the agency said in a report released last week.

The tsunami killed more than 300 000 people. It displaced about 92 000 people over the age of 60 in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Describing the plight of elderly survivors of the tsunami in the four countries, the report said these people became “almost invisible” when relief material was distributed. Many elderly people reported being pushed out of the way by younger people in the chaotic distribution of relief. The report has called on government agencies to include elderly people in needs assessment after disasters and to develop relief packages that are tailored to them.”
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Many elderly tsunami survivors with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer faced hardship in resuming treatment, as they had lost their medical papers or could not travel, the report said.
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“It’s disappointing,” said Mathew Cherian, chief executive of HelpAge India. “Neither the government machinery nor the international aid fraternity recognised the vulnerability of the elderly. We had drawn attention to how older people in India suffered after the Orissa cyclone in 1999 and the Gujarat earthquake in 2001.”….

The Impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on Older People: Issues and Recommendations is available at www.helpage.org

Bethel Senior Center Building Grants

Alaska Division of Community Advocacy:

Fiscal Year Grant Type Recipient Project Description Project Status Lapse Date Award Amount Total Disbursed Total Reported Balance Staff Contact

2002 CDBG City of Bethel Senior Center Renovation/Upgrade Active In Progress Not Entered $280,772 $171,456 $171,456 $109,316 Judy Haymaker

1981 Legislative City of Bethel Senior Citizens–Cost Overrun Closed File is Closed Not Entered $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $0 Geri Henricksen

AHFC 1997 Funded Lulu Heron Elderly 16 Units Funded with Senior Housing Fund Completed $0 $3,147,806 N/A N/A

Though envious years would say “forget”.

A tale begun in other days,

When summer suns were glowing—

A simple chime, that served to time

The rhythm of our knowing—

Whose echoes live in memory yet,

Though envious years would say “forget”.

[with apologies to Lewis Carroll, Preface, Through the Looking Glass]

Letter to the Editor On Neglecting Seniors

On Senior services

The City of Bethel, ONC, and the Senior Center spend nearly a million dollars a year on our “senior programs”. Under the Older Americans Act, these programs are to provide nutrition, transportation, and support services. One of the objectives of the OAA is “Freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative… and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.”

The state’s Adult Protective Services
http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dsds/apsreport.htm
requires “Any incident in which a vulnerable adult suffers harm from abandonment, abuse, exploitation, neglect or self-neglect.” must be reported.

Who is *Required* to report includes health practitioners, members of the clergy, and law enforcement but also “Employees of service grant agencies funded by Department of Administration for the provision of services to older Alaskans, the Department of Health and Social Services, and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault”

So, why are some elders in our community, who regularly attend our Senior Center, so neglected that their bodies have deteriorated?

There are only two cabbies left who will transport these elders. If these cabs are on the other side of town when the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center calls for a taxi, these guys feel they have let the elders down, because no one else will convey them.

I want to publicly thank the two Kusko Cab drivers who exemplify the compassion and caring and respect we should all have towards our elders. These two go out of their way to respect the dignity that some elders struggle to retain.

This community spends all this money on senior services, yet these two small businessmen contribute so much more. The rest of us should take the lesson to heart.

M. Pamela Bumsted

Senior Advisory Board member 2003-2004

eyes wide apart: Illustration Friday: AGING

Go view the illustration and have fun. (Another greybeard off his rocker.)

Instead of waxing on and on about aches, wrinkles and those snarky greys…I kept thinking of the song ‘Young-at-Heart’ by ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Great song. Wonderful song. So, then I started thinking about little kids…and this image came to mind. One of those seldom times where the idea AND the execution came together nice and quick. Which is great, considering my age and all!! 😉

MOA Transfer Senior Center Passes

Passed 15 August 2005 Joint ONC/COB Work Session

Memorandum of Agreement

Between the City of Bethel and Orutsararmiut Native Council on the Transfer of the Senior Center and its Service Responsibility

This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City of Bethel (City) and Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) is intended to facilitate the transfer of the Senior Center, senior service responsibilities, and pertinent assets related to the provision of services at and through the Center from the City of Bethel to the Orutsararmiut Native Council. All assets and lease arrangements mentioned in this Agreement pertain to the transfer of the Senior Center from the City to ONC for the express purpose of ONC providing services to low-income seniors and other qualified individuals beginning on September 1, 2005 and continuing indefinitely.

The City of Bethel has been awarded two grants from the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, that support the provision of senior services: (1) Nutrition, Transportation and Support Services grant, and (2) Home and Community Based Care grant. This MOA is contingent on the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, awarding the same or similar grants to ONC for the provision of senior services during Fiscal Year 2006.

Notwithstanding the exceptions mentioned herein, it is the intent of the City of Bethel to transfer ownership of the Senior Center Buildings and improvements, (e.g., walkways and fencing) to the Orutsararmiut Native Council. The Orutsararmiut Native Council will be responsible for the maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the Senior Center buildings, contents of the buildings, and other assets referenced in this agreement beginning on September 1, 2005. This duty of care includes all required inspections (e.g., sprinkler & fire panels, fire extinguishers, range hood, and elevator) and maintenance and repair necessary to meet all state and federal regulations pertaining to employee and public health and safety.

Aside from the cash subsidies and in-kind donations described in this agreement, the City of Bethel will not be responsible for costs or other financial obligations incurred by ONC relative to the operation of the Senior Center and the provision of Senior Services to the community.

Parties to this Agreement

City of Bethel, P.O. Box 1388, Bethel, AK 99559, 907-543-2297

Orutsararmiut Native Council, P.O. Box 927, Bethel, AK 99559

907-543-2608

Provision of Senior Services

This Agreement transfers the responsibility of operating the Senior Center and providing services to eligible individuals from the City to ONC. The Orutsararmiut Native Council will continue to provide services to low-income seniors over 60 years of age, minorities, and those living in a rural area as specified for recipients of Nutrition, Transportation, and Support Services grants administered by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. The Chrissie Shantz Adult Day Care program will continue to operate in its present or improved form to serve eligible seniors, those at risk of institutionalization, individuals with disabilities, and others who qualify under the Home and Community Based Care grant program administered by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services.

Financial Support

The City of Bethel will provide a cash subsidy to ONC in the following amounts and for the following years: $200,000 in Fiscal Year 2006, ending June 30, 2006; $150,000 in Fiscal Year 2007, ending June 30, 2007; and $75,000 in Fiscal Year 2008, ending June 30, 2008. While these amounts represent a minimum cash distribution from the City, with proper justification and subsequent approval by the Bethel City Council, ONC may receive up to a maximum amount of $200,000 in Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008. The City will not give any cash subsidies to ONC in any fiscal years after the conclusion of Fiscal Year 2008, ending June 30, 2008.

The amount of the cash subsidy over the minimum amounts for Fiscal Year 2007 and 2008, but less than the $200,000 cap, is not automatically approved. The ONC Executive Director or his or her designee must show documentation that reasonable and relevant operating expenses will be incurred in excess of the ability of ONC to pay such expenses through its anticipated revenue streams and administration of funds passing through its organization. A request to the City Manager for an increase in the cash subsidy must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation attached. The City Manager will put the request on the agenda of the soonest regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Once the Bethel City Council approves a $50,000 increase, ONC may spend up to that amount before another approval is required for an additional $50,000 installment. Cash disbursements to ONC shall be made by the City Manager within 10 working days of Bethel City Council’s approval.

Land

The land on which the Senior Center sits will be leased by the City of Bethel to the Orutsararmiut Native Council at the rate of $1.00 per year for the duration of the time that ONC operates the Center by providing services to low-income elders and other qualifying individuals. The details of the lease arrangement will be spelled out in a legal contract, signed and dated by both parties.

Senior Center Buildings

The Senior Center Buildings, located at 127 Atsaq Way in Bethel, Alaska, will be used by ONC for the express purpose of providing services to low-income seniors and other qualified individuals as delineated under the section: Provision of Senior Services. The buildings shall remain in use for the express purpose of providing senior services.

Vehicles

The title of the following vehicles will be given to the Orutsararmiut Native Council:

1. Ford Bronco (1993)

2. Thomas Build Freightliner mid-size bus (2001)

3. Narrow body cutaway van/bus with wheelchair lift (expected to be received by the City during summer 2006 through a Section 5310 grant award by the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF))

The transfer of ownership of the narrow body cutaway van/bus is contingent on City Council’s formal acceptance through a resolution and a signed agreement with the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, acknowledging the transfer of ownership from the City to ONC. Per the grant agreement with DOT&PF, the van/bus must be used for the provision of senior services until such time as a public transit system becomes operational. Once a public transit system becomes operational, the van/bus must become a public transit vehicle, serving the general public as part of the transit system.

Contents of the Senior Center Buildings

The City-owned contents inside the Senior Center building will be transferred to ONC for the provision of senior services, including major kitchen appliances (e.g., refrigerators, freezers), furniture (e.g., couches, chairs, tables), electronic equipment (e.g., television, stereo, computers, printers), exercise equipment, and other material goods currently found in the Senior Center.

In-kind Contributions

To help ONC provide senior services through the Senior Center; the City shall contribute the following in-kind services to ONC:

Water, sewer, and trash pick-up services for the duration of the time ONC provides senior services through the Senior Center

Routine maintenance and major repairs to the Thomas Freightliner bus at an estimated cost of $8,000 per year for a period of five years, ending on June 30, 2010

Routine maintenance and major repairs to the narrow body cutaway van/bus with wheelchair lift (if received by the City during summer 2006 through a Section 5310 grant award by the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF)) for a period of seven years, ending on June 30, 2012.

The ONC will be responsible for the maintenance and major repairs of the Ford Bronco.

Routine maintenance and major repairs to the Senior Center boiler for a period of one year, ending on June 30, 2006. Maintenance and repairs to the boiler after June 30, 2006 will be the responsibility of ONC.

Senior Advisory Board Membership

The City of Bethel shall retain one seat on the Senior Advisory Board, as it currently stands, or other citizen body created to provide advice to program administrators. The person occupying that seat will be appointed by Bethel City Council.

Signatures

The signatures below of the highest elected official and highest ranking administrator from the City of Bethel and Orutsararmiut Native Council validate this Memorandum of Agreement and obligate both parties to the terms herein.

AoA Homepage > Older Americans Act: Title III Regulations

Older Americans Act: Title III Regulations

[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 45, Volume 4, Parts 1200 to End]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 45CFR1321]
Title 45–Public Welfare Chapter XIII–Office Of Human Development Services, Department Of Health And Human Services Part 1321–Grants To State And Community Programs On Aging”


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