Do Something

March 12, 2012 in Positive by Spencer Struwe

Fixing this issue is no easy task, but there ARE people doing something about it.

Alyssa Russel is an average person in many ways. However, she is also one of only two people in her entire family who actively care for her 88 year old grandmother. (Find her interview below)
Andy Hughes works at Stone Brooke Health Center in Concord, CA. He cares for disabled people on a daily basis.
The third photo is from one Concord’s Locked Wards that was closed last year. The women in the photo have chosen to have their names omitted.
The last photo is from a tour assembled by Suzanne Davis (second from left) in order to improve care for the disabled in Contra Costa County. Mark DeSalnier (fourth from left) is a Senator from the Seventh Senate District of California.

Save the Humans (with videos!)

March 9, 2012 in Positive, Try This! by Spencer Struwe

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Andy Hughes Interview

March 6, 2012 in Interviews, Research by Spencer Struwe

Andy discusses his views on the challenges of caring for the members of society that have no power to make common contributions. His humor and optimism are a refreshing additive to this all-too-often boring and daunting discussion.

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Alyssa Russell Interview

March 6, 2012 in Interviews, Research by Spencer Struwe

Alyssa is the embodiment of the weary soldier making the most of the time she has with her beloved grandma. Most of us could learn a thing or two from her perspective.

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How do we fix this?

February 15, 2012 in Research by Spencer Struwe

(DeNavas-Walt)

Just a Thought

February 13, 2012 in Try This!, YOUR Opinion by Spencer Struwe

Close to a year ago, my grandfather experienced a stroke. In the following weeks, his physical condition declined dramatically. It was quite possible he could have died. He’s still alive but the effect of the stroke is blatant.  His long term memory is mostly shot and he doesn’t remember how to use the restroom (these are just a few problems among many more). He lives over 200 miles away, so I don’t visit him terribly often, but when I do, I receive nothing from him. He is completely incapable of telling me how cool I am, giving me money, or even remembering my name.

Now before you assume that my dream is to work in a nursing home for the rest of my life, let me clarify: It is not. I like people – just not that much. I have to make a very intentional decision to give my time to someone who has nothing to give back. So here’s the thought:

Take a minute to think about someone you know who has NOTHING to give you. Then take just 30 minutes out of your week to hang out with them. You don’t have to give them anything but your time.

TIPS: Don’t assume that 30 minutes is going to suck because if you do, it will. And don’t go out of your way to find the most pitiful person you can. In fact, I highly suggest spending that time with someone you know. Enjoy yourself and then leave a comment about your experience. Was it a waste? Was it the best half-hour of your week? Did you learn anything?

Do you already spend time with people with nothing to give? Share some of your experience!

“What Was I Thinking?”

February 13, 2012 in Contemplation, Research, YOUR Opinion by Spencer Struwe

I’m going to level with you. I don’t know. I thought I knew. I thought I knew exactly what I was talking about when I named this blog (Save The Humans), but I didn’t.

Beginnings -My journey into “Saving the Humans” begins with interviewing a woman who is extremely involved with people who can’t take care of themselves. Last Sunday, we spent the better part of two hours talking about the myriad of challenges related to caring for the less capable members of society. Toward the beginning of our conversation, she directed me to this article.

Questions (without answers) – There is something about a story that will change your mind so much faster than a debate or report. Lisa’s (the author of the article) story begs some fundamental questions that are not easily answered by dogmatic, black and white thinking. How do we assimilate medical technology that is keeping us alive longer than we can afford to live? How do you place a dollar value on a human life? How does quality of life factor into these decisions?

What do you think? – Should life be prolonged as much as possible at any cost? If not, at what cost is it no longer worth it? Is it ever right to end someone’s life if they are suffering and don’t have the ability to take their own? Does saving someone necessarily mean keeping them from dying?

These questions are extremely deep relative to most of my daily pondering. However, after talking to my interviewee, reading this article, and doing some thinking, their answers seem to be quite fundamental to the advancement of this blog. PLEASE share your thoughts as comments below.