City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins announced today that they’ve joined forces to provide greater access and convenient assistance to older residents in the city of Miami who are struggling with foreclosure and home mortgage problems.
Under the new alliance, Miami residents calling the city’s 311 information and referral center for mortgage and foreclosure assistance will be referred to AARP Foundation’s Housing Service Center (HSC).
The Mayor also signed a statement of support for the Foundation’s Housing Solutions Center services.
“AARP Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the city of Miami on this critical effort to help older residents stay in the homes they’ve worked hard to provide for themselves and their families for so many years,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, president of AARP Foundation.“Despite the perception that older Americans are more housing secure than younger people, we know that, according to AARP Public Policy Institute, from 2007 to 2011, more than 1.5 million older Americans lost their homes as a result of the mortgage crisis.
) In the wake of several high-profile cases, facilities — eager to avoid liability — have begun to develop guidelines that preserve residents' right to pursue sexual pleasure in privacy, while protecting them from unsafe, unwanted or abusive situations.
So far only about a quarter of facilities have policies on intimacy and sexual behavior, according to a 2013 survey by AMDA — the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
"This is a time of life where many people return to a certain romance of what they were like in their 20s.
Almost half said that developing a policy was "planned" or "uncertain." "The nursing home field is more highly regulated than any other, but there are almost no rules regarding sexuality," says Gayle Doll, director of the Kansas State Center on Aging and author of Sexuality & Long-Term Care.
She defines sexual expression as anything from compliments to touch to sex.
Are people able to consent to sex if they can't balance a checkbook, or if they can barely speak?
Or is sex more an impulse akin to eating, a pleasurable appetite that one retains the ability to indulge? "Hands down, most issues that become problems have to do with dementia," Doll says.
Williams is pictured working with DMarion Price, a student from Willson Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio.