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Mom and Dad are cheerful, almost giddy, because Granny’s having a good day: not throwing things, not screaming that she hates Dad, that she’d rather be dead. –Tomorrow Is Winter by Callie Snow

Fiction Writing Prompt: Tell the story of an elderly person who terrorizes his/her family.

Journaling Prompt: Describe your parents’ relationships with their parents. How does this affect you?

Art Prompt: Granny’s having a good day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the issues with eldercare in our society.

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Ron allowed himself one shallow breath before gripping his cane and creaking to his feet. –For Sale by Owner by Kate Heartfield

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about yourself or someone you know who is struggling physically. How does that affect their life choices?

Art Prompt: Man with cane

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story about someone you know who is struggling with disability.

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A new global review reveals that elder abuse — which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation — is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults. Older adults with cognitive and physical impairments or psychosocial distress are also at increased risk of elder abuse.

In North and South American epidemiological studies, the prevalence of elder abuse ranged from about 10% among cognitively intact older adults to 47% in older adults with dementia. In Europe, the prevalence varied from 2% in Ireland to 61% in Croatia. In Asia, the highest prevalence was found among older adults in China (36%), while the lowest was reported among older adults in India (14%). In Africa, the prevalence ranged between 30% and 44% –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about elder abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What is your reaction to this story? Could you imagine yourself as an abuser? As the abused?

Art Prompt: Elder abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the problem of elder abuse and give a suggestion as to how our society should address the problem.

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Goodbye Grandpa

A 2009 report from the National Alliance on Caregiving indicated that 28 percent of adults are providing regular help to another person. This care mostly goes to an older person, but it may also include younger individuals-special needs children, individuals with severe chronic mental health problems and so on. Looking specifically at older people, the amount of care has increased because people are living longer and reach ages where disabilities are common. Furthermore, people appear to live longer than in the past after the onset of disabilities, including the cognitive problems associated with neurodegenerative conditions, such as dementia…
…Caregiving can range from providing occasional and minimal care to giving ongoing, extensive and sometimes full-time care… In intense care, high stress situations, the challenges are considerable. Caregiving can take up most, if not all, of the caretaker’s time. It can feel like you are always on call and needing to be vigilant. It can also feel like you are engulfed — your life has become just caring and you cannot do the other things that have been important and rewarding…
The other major psychological challenge is that care takes place in the context of a relationship that has a long, complex history…Caregivers may feel criticized and not appreciated by a parent or spouse they are caring for, or by siblings and other relatives. –Steven Zarit

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene from the point of view of someone who is in the demanding situation of caregiving.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were a caregiver. How did you deal with the emotional toll?

Art Prompt: Caregiving

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of caregiving in today’s society and give them ideas for supporting people they know who are caregivers.

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