VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

We thank all who attended VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference! The theme of the Conference for 2022 was “Care: Who We Are. What We Do. Where We Go from Here.” Our thanks to our wonderful speakers: Dr. John Morley, Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, Kelly Schilling, CTRS & Taylor Pendleton, MS, CTRS, Dr….

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VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

A Focus on Aging Ahead and St. Louis Area Agency on Aging

By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be 65 and older, twice the number in 2000.  Among those 65 and older, 1 in 4 live alone, and nearly 9 million seniors face the threat of hunger.  The gap is widening between seniors served and those in need due to increased demand, a rapidly aging…

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A Focus on Aging Ahead and St. Louis Area Agency on Aging

Paraquad – Making Independence Accessible

Around 61 million people (nearly one in four) people in the United States are living with some sort of disability. People with disabilities are often excluded from social relationships, community participation, leisure activities, and employment. Paraquad is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. Founded…

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Paraquad – Making Independence Accessible

Isolation and the Need for Change

Update 7/17/22: The Essential Caregivers Program will be law as of 8/28/22! It is no secret that nursing homes became a place of intense isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. When everyone felt alone and isolated, long-term care residents were left in understaffed facilities where even their basic needs were not being met. Many stories arose…

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Isolation and the Need for Change

End-of-Life Care with Death Doulas

As the death positive and death empowerment movements continue to evolve and grow, we see an ever-increasing need to help bridge the critical gap at the end-of-life stage. Dying is a process we will all face at some point in our life’s journey. Doulas are advocates and allies who provide continuous, compassionate, non-judgmental care and…

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End-of-Life Care with Death Doulas

New Friendly VOYCE Program

Loneliness and isolation affect the physical and mental wellbeing of older adults. Studies have shown that loneliness is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, difficulty sleeping, impaired cognition, and high blood pressure. Without social networks and a connection to the community, the elderly risk their health, and isolation in long-term care has…

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New Friendly VOYCE Program