ARUBAH was proud to create this grant-supported program in December 2020.
Covid-19 helped the whole world wake up to the importance of healthy aging in place within families with access to community bases services and care for seniors. COVID-19 and the disproportionate number of deaths among African Americans and long-term care facility residents has shined a light on the fact that although many people need extra care as they age, perhaps the traditional care homes away from family and community support should be the last resort and not the first choice of care for our elders.
Arubah taught and affirmed the importance of and the therapeutic value of self-care. Special products were specifically designed that touch the African soul. Arubah distributed these products to assist Elders in fostering the habit of "self-care"and to help them recognize how self-care contributes to the overall quality of physical, mental and emotional health care.
Arubah reduced social isolation by empowering Elders to connect with others using non-threatening social media. Virtual meetings and other online activities designed by Arubah to help African American Elders to connect for emotional support without leaving their homes. Virtual therapy, relevant conversations, planning and looking forward to events will foster good mental/emotional health.
For those Seniors who do not have extensive pre-existing physical health conditions, Arubah helped African American Seniors with emotional well- being through virtual community-based healing circle support groups. These groups were around healthy aging in place topics and any future concerns that are important to explore.