Experience has taught me that I come alive when I get to apply my skills in communications and design to mission-driven organizations. From human rights at International Justice Mission, to state policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, to higher education at Seelio, I've spent my career working on issues that matter to me. I love working on creative solutions that help organizations craft an experience that delights and surprises the people they serve.
Oh the idea of an advocate or proxy is very interesting. Thanks for making that connection @Aaron Wong! It seems like close family or friends can provide more of the emotional support but an advocate like Hattie Bryant discusses could be more of a neutral party who can help make clear recommendations and decisions.
Maryalice I saw this previously and thought it was a great idea. It reminded me of another article I read about Dutch students who can live rent-free if they spend 30+ hours/month with elderly community members (here's a related piece: http://www.thejournal.ie/help-the-aged-1814698-Dec2014/). There's so much information, learning, and comfort that can be exchanged on both sides and I wonder if there are ways to use this as inspiration for creating more supportive environments for people without family as they reach the end of their life.