“I don’t want to live a meaningless life anymore” whispered Linh, a single 68-year old Vietnamese woman. About a year ago, Linh was introduced to our ReConnect Technology class. Our ReConnect Early Intervention Services for Older Adults (EISOA) Program provides support groups, educational trainings, skill development workshops, home visitations and physical activities to improve the mental health and enhance the quality of life of older adults.
Every day we are surrounded by stories of personal transformation and triumph. Most times we don’t even know it is taking place. It could be a person sitting or standing right next to us, or a neighbor on the street who we overlook.
Every day our Ombudsmen encounter the challenges of human frailty and advocate for the rights of those who are often alone and forgotten in long-term care facilities. The role of the Ombudsman is rewarding yet heartbreaking. It takes a special person to be an Ombudsman.