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May 31st, 2024

Samaritan's Feet: An Organization with the Goal of Zero Shoeless Seniors

  1. Samaritan's Feet: An Organization with the Goal of Zero Shoeless Seniors Living to 100 Club 30:27

This Living to 100 Club’s podcast introduces our listeners to Samaritan’s Feet International. This is an organization devoted to giving shoes to seniors around the world. Our guest is Deborah Cox-Roush, Development Officer, and Senior Program Manager for the organization. We discuss the prevalence of foot problems in older adults. How does the lack of proper footwear increase the risk of falls. She explains how it contributes to balance problems, foot pain, and difficulty with mobility and independence. How does the aging process affect the biomechanics, structure, and function of the foot? How does proper footwear contribute to a more comfortable, happy life marked with dignity and hope? And how does Samaritan’s Feet reach the shoeless around the world and distribute footwear to these millions of people? Tune in for this important conversation. 

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Deborah is the Senior Program Manager of Samaritan’s Feet for Seniors. She developed this program to serve senior citizens with new shoes while also giving them hope through service to them. Deborah said she’ll never forget the smiles on the recipients’ faces. She can see the feeling of self-worth and dignity that they experienced while serving for the first time with Samaritan’s Feet. She also enjoys reading, watching college sports (especially Ohio State football), and traveling with her husband on day trips. 


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Dr. Joseph Casciani has a 35-year history in aging as a psychologist and manager of mental health practices. He was awarded the first contracts from the California Department of Aging in 1982 to develop mental health training for the state’s nursing homes. For 16 years, he was the clinical lead for a multi-state group practice for patients in nursing homes. He later ran his own multi-state company, Concept Healthcare, for 8 years.

In 2018, he extended his professional interest in aging to his new venture, the Living to 100 Club. The website, www.Livingto100.Club, offers a collection of strategies and resources on successful aging, and his weekly podcasts on aging and longevity continue in this tradition with guests who share their professional insights about aging well and making the most of our senior years. He is now a clinical consultant, public speaker, provides one-on-one counseling, and sells a package of life enriching resources to retirement communities and senior organizations.

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