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.
Resources for Deaf Seniors
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Senior Resources
- ASL Videos on Alzheimer’s & Dementia – National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
- Checklists in ASL related to Personal Documents, Residential Facilities, and Caregivers- National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
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).