One in five Americans, 49.7 million people, are living with some type of long-lasting condition or disability.2 While there is no one, universally accepted definition of “disability,” for the purposes of this chapter, the sources cited refer to disability as a “condition,” usually sensory, p... Read More
One in five Americans, 49.7 million people, are living with some type of long-lasting condition or disability.2 While there is no one, universally accepted definition of “disability,” for the purposes of this chapter, the sources cited refer to disability as a “condition,” usually sensory, physical or mental, that limits daily living or the independence of the individual. People with disabilities face unique challenges, overcoming environmental, social, and emotional barriers to maintain their health and a healthy lifestyle. They are dependent upon community commitment to identify and change those barriers. In Louisiana, 880,047 people ages 5 and older (28 percent) have some kind of a disability. In St. Landry Parish, it is estimated that 20,561 people ages 5 and older (26 percent) have a disability in St. Landry Parish. In St. Landry Parish, for the 65 and older population, 517 people in 1,000 report a disability compared to the state rate of 481 and the United States rate of 420. 19 Physical disabilities are the leading type of disability in the elderly population. In St. Landry Parish, 11,758 people are 65 and older, making up 13.4 percent of the parish population; 7 percent are 65-74 years old, 4.5 percent are 75-85 years old and 1.6 percent are 85 years and older.23 Health, economic and social needs increase with age, and Louisiana’s elderly population is growing and the number of those living well into their eighties and nineties is increasing. It will be necessary to increase the services provided to this population. This is the disable along. There is also the mothers of high-risk pregnancy, the ones of disease and/or other infliction. Please help us to put an end to this high burden these families suffer from every day. Support ABBA Home Care. we will put your money to work in the most valuable way possible. And we are tax deductible! Thanks in Advance, Pat
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Her adult life is given to volunteer and public services. As youth, she worked public services in the family business, later as caregiver to her grandmothers, aunts and uncle. As an young adult it was full time volunteer, in her children schools and family church. Later employed, yet remain volunteer through the diocese, both Louisiana and Mississippi. In her journey of public service is the sight and heart, for the families of need. Now the opportunity is at hand to help, she will go all the way.
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