Friday, June 29, 2007

Elderly Hurricane Katrina Evacuee (Video 1:27 mins.)

What happens when you’re ninety-two years old and a Hurricane Katrina evacuee? For many of the elderly, the hardships of evacuating and relocating have been overwhelming. The loss of family, friends, possessions, and a way of life, along with chronic insecurity about the future, have taken a serious toll on them physically, mentally, and emotionally. While not listed in the official hurricane death count, it’s common knowledge that significant numbers of the elderly who have died during the two years after the hurricane were victims whose deaths were escalated by hurricane related causes.

Many of the elderly have survived with battered spirits and bodies. One elderly man’s story is told in this video titled “St. Bernard Project Rebuilding New Orleans Post-Katrina.”

Frances Shani Parker, Author
"Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes”
Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

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