Minority Demand

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ARTICLE: Suburban Senior Day Cares Cater to Dramatic Ethnic Population Growth

There’s a growing demand for day cares tailored to a niche group of minority adults. As the population of baby boomers keeps aging and the number of Dementia cases continues to rise, the demand for these day cares services continues to grow. The aging baby boomer population is also no longer traditional english speaking, American-raised adults. There is a growing number of culturally diverse individuals that come from all different backgrounds. Spanish. Chinese. Japanese. Russian. Groups that not only speak different languages (often with little to no understanding of English), but who also enjoy different activities. Music, interests, and activities they’re familiar with may be different. These individuals need care personalized to help them and better understand their needs.

In our experience, we’ve had issues finding a day care center where Dad feels comfortable and where the nurses can understand and meet his needs. As a human being he wants to be understood and this has been a challenge. It’s already difficult as some of his language skills and understanding declines, but then to add the complexity of him not understanding English makes it impossible for him to partake and understand the English instructed activities. We haven’t been able to find a Spanish speaking day care center in Atlanta. We did find one in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, but these cities aren’t the only ones with Spanish speaking populations anymore.

It’s also been difficult finding centers that ease the burden for the caretakers. The centers near us only have activities and support until 3PM. If my brother and I work until 6 what are we supposed to do? There’s a need for centers that are available during business hours – just like how child care centers are open a little before and a little after the traditional 9-5 work hours.

We’ll continue to look for the right fit for Dad.

– Pedro

Toys for Entertaining Dementia Patients

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We had a lunch and learn at work today about innovation and diversity. The main points were innovation comes from blending diverse ideas together. Two existing but unique ideas when combined together can create something innovative. Another point was coming up with lots of ideas. Not all are going to work well, so constantly come up with ideas and combining different ideas and eventually one should stick. And the final point was about the process of getting to a great idea. Most great ideas or new innovative products don’t come about in one grand action or plan. Most ideas form after small iterative attempts to create something great or to solve a problem. Often taking the smallest step is the hardest but the first in creating the great and innovative solution.

So during the lunch and learn I kept thinking about all the ideas Pedro has come up with to help with his dad and tried to determine what the smallest steps are that we can take to help his dad. Yesterday we were hanging out with Rachel and Mateo and some small comment made him grumpy and we didn’t have a great way to help him become happy again. So I was thinking about toys and games or something that could distract him and make him happy. So what are some toys out there or toys we could create as a first step in helping increase his happiness.

Here are some ideas I found on the internet or thought would be good to invest in.

Since many of these are kids toys I’m going to reach out to my family and see if they have toys my younger siblings and I are now to old to play with. These can probably also be easily found at garage sales which traditionally have lots of children’s items. I’ll report back which items we tried and which ones George enjoys.