“(CNN)Looking on from his front porch in New Orleans, Lawrence Brooks probably never imagined he’d see this day.
“Seniors who benefit from animal companionship have received a helping hand in caring for their four-legged friends by way of a new collaborative funding program.
Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities have entered into a three-year partnership to help provide food, supplies, and access to care for pets belonging to Meals on Wheels clients. The program, dubbed Meals on Wheels Loves Pets, has already distributed $354,500 in grants to support senior nutrition program pet services nationwide.
The collaboration is part of a strategic effort to combat social isolation and loneliness among seniors across the country by ensuring both humans and their animal companions receive the care they need to continue living together and staying healthy.
“The companionship a pet offers enhances the physical and mental health and well-being of homebound seniors, which is particularly valuable as so many older adults are feeling even more lonely and isolated amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Meals on Wheels America president and CEO, Ellie Hollander.
Pets are especially important for the 58 percent of Meals on Wheels clients who live alone, the organization says, adding that, with nearly seven million seniors living at or below the poverty line, many find it difficult to care for a pet and will often feed their animal before they feed themselves.
“This support enables programs in 33 states to provide pet supplies and care to local seniors, making it more feasible for seniors to remain safe and healthy at home with their beloved companions during this public health emergency and beyond,” Hollander says. “
Read the original arrticle here: https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/funding-helps-senior-citizens-companion-animals-stay-together/
SHREVEPORT, La. – Women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population and have been serving in the Armed Forces since the Civil War. That’s one reason that June 12 has been set aside as Women Veterans Day.
It was on that day in 1948 when President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, enabling women to serve as permanent, regular members of the armed forces.
Women are veterans of every conflict and peacetime military effort of the United States since before World War II and face the same risks as their male counterparts in today’s military operations. However, women veterans face unique challenges and are far less likely than their male counterpoints to seek and receive the veterans’ benefits and services they have earned.
“Restaurant owners can make up to $12,000 per week with the program, but it’s unclear when they’ll be paid for their services.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During a Zoom press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced the launch of the Great Plates feeding program for Sacramento seniors.
Thirty restaurants are participating, and Zion Taddese owner of Queen Sheba is one of them.
“Fifty meals, every other day,” Taddese explained. “So we will be doing breakfast lunch and dinner every day.”
At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL NURSES DAY
National Nurses Day is the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Yet the week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary. Although the President didn’t act, the celebration was observed thanks to a bill sponsored by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the following year a new bill was introduced to Congress lobbying for official recognition of the celebration.
Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May. Over the next eight years, various nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) rallied to support calls for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which was eventually proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.
With over 3 million working nurses in the US today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce. Although you might not imagine it, nurses are more likely to sustain a back injury on a shift than construction workers, and they walk an average of 5 kilometers per shift, as caring for others’ health is such an active job!
If you think nurses are only found in hospitals, then think again! The majority of registered nurses (59%) practice elsewhere, such as a nursing home or on home visits. They work across communities to keep people worldwide happy and healthy, and National Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for their important work!
NATIONAL NURSES DAY ACTIVITIES
Thank the Nurses in Your Life
Nursing is known for being a “behind-the-scenes” profession. A simple “thank you for all you do” could make a nurse’s day by showing that you notice their hard work. With more than 3 million registered nurses in the USA, chances are there is at least one nurse out there who would be thrilled to be the object of your gratitude.
Give the Gift of Caffeine
Nurses often work long, thankless shifts — standing on their feet for 12 or more hours a day. For a nurse on the run, there’s nothing better than a boost of caffeine in the middle of a shift. Head over to your local clinic or hospital with copious amounts of coffee in tow, and tell the receptionist you’re there to honor the nurses for National Nurses Day.
Learn About the Woman Responsible for It All
We’ve all heard the name Florence Nightingale. But do you know what made her famous? In honor of National Nurses Day, educate yourself about this groundbreaking woman who paved the way for modern nursing. Read an article — or better yet, watch a documentary — about “The Lady with the Lamp.” Bonus points if you can recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge afterwards!
Ready more here: https://nationaltoday.com/national-nurses-day/