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Assisted Living for Deaf Seniors

October 7, 2021

The stories of deaf older adults and their families need to be shared and heard.

For the past couple of years, I have been following and sharing the story of MJ Grant and her experience with caring for her mom, Carmen, who is deaf and living with dementia. A couple of months ago, MJ made the painful decision to move Carmen into a Memory Care community and shares the painful experience of moving her mother into a community with no fluent ASL signers.

In this brief video, MJ shares the dilemma she faced when making the decision to move her mother into assisted living and the painful experience of witnessing countless inequities deaf people face.


About MJ Grant

MJ Grant is a CODA, that’s a “Child of Deaf Adults”. MJ was born to Deaf parents and has been a member of the Maine Deaf community since childhood. She currently provides sign language interpreting services to Deaf communities in New England. She’s married, caring for aging parents, and parenting four children ranging in age from 6 to 25.

Resources for Deaf Seniors

Statewide Services for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Listed here are two different types of statewide services; (1) commissions or state offices mandated to serve people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and (2) state offices of rehabilitation services for people who are deaf (Resource: Gallaudet University).

Mental Health Resources for the Deaf