Dr. Allan “Chip” Teel has captivated local and national audiences about a new approach to keep elders and people with disabilities an active part of the community – and avoid the undesirable fate of nursing home placement.

With the increasing longevity of Americans and the loss of close family, more elders and people with disabilities are finding themselves trapped at home, cut off from the community. Many are faced with the prospect of nursing home placement despite wanting remain in their own homes.

Join Dr. Ira Mandel for a presentation on the next steps for elders and the disabled on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston Public Library.

Mandel will describe how the community can return to a time that families took care of each other. At its core, a surrogate family is created by enlisting the support of community volunteers at a very modest cost – fostering physical, emotional and mental health through a program of social activities and including activities by the elder members themselves to give their lives “purpose.” In addition, limited use of technology assures the safety of members in their own homes.

Mandel has engaged the public and other health professionals to learn about this service and seeks further interested volunteers and members to join this important community activity.

Mandel and his wife, Catherine, have now begun enrolling elders in the community who face challenges remaining independent. They would like to provide a brief review of the program and to engage the audience in a spirited dialogue about next steps to expand services to as many elderly and disabled individuals as possible.

For further information contact Full Circle America by email (Dr.Mandel@FullCircleAmerica.com) or by calling 236-3176.