The VA is the go-to place for aging professionals trying to access care for older vets. If you are working with a WII II, Korean , Viet Nam veteran or adult child of a Vet needing services and care, contact the GRECC Program, (Geriatric Research and Clinical Program ).
Many geriatric care managers are interested in geriatric extended care through the VA , GRECC can help.
Like me, many social workers become geriatric care managers. GRECC also has a top notch program for social workers
Find out more about this program.
If you are in the Geriatric field in the US thank the VA for creating geriatrics and geriatric research in the US.
In the early 1970s, leadership of the VA Department of Medicine and Surgery (the forerunner of VHA) began to plan for challenges they expected to face as the 13 million living World War II veterans aged into their seventies. “Geriatric medicine,” or care of the elderly, was at that time a recognized medical specialty in the UK, but had little to no presence in the U.S.
VA leaders undertook a bold prescientmove in 1975, designating six VA sites with existing “geriatric and gerontology” research programs–collaborations with their affiliated medical schools that focused on aging and its accompanying health challenges — as Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs). They took the added charge and used their resources to put their findings to use in developing new approaches for caring for those of advanced age and disability; to teach the existing VA clinical workforce about those approaches; and to develop a new cadre of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to become leaders in geriatric care. Congress endorsed this plan in 1980, authorizing up to fifteen such centers; in 1986 they expanded the authorization to 25. Since 1999, VA has supported twenty GRECCs. They literally gave us the field of aging in the US.
Forgiveness for adult children for alcoholic parents is fighting a lifetime of nightmares . As a result of my path is forgiving my alcoholic PTSD ridden Dad I wrote an entire chapter on Forgiveness in the Aging Family in my book, Care Manager Working with the Aging Family
My inspiration was again living with my aging Dad and only seeing him in the here and now and not as the drunk Dad of my childhood. The VA helped by providing the wide range of services in the GRECC program for him and I was helped my teaching filial maturity and realizing this was my own life challenge.
I also found my Dad saved me and my whole family. His entering our family in California moving from Atlantic City New Jersey made us a whole family with 4 generations and the great grandchildren, grandchildren and really me- adored him.
My daughter Jill said as we knelt before his dead body. “We thought we were saving him and he saved us.”