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November 11
6 - 8 PM
WHEN MY MOTHER BROKE HER LEG (and came to live with me) OR GLADYS AND ME. And the System.

Veteran media-maker Barbara Grant turns to folklore and oral history in a very personal project about aging, advocacy, and health care policy - and her mother. In her multi-media performance piece, she reconsiders her role and her knowledge of family history, and raises questions about equity in health care, especially for elders.

She says: "I followed the procedures to get my mom into a good day program to make sure she was cared for while I was at work. . . . They ended up accusing me of senior neglect for working while my mom was home alone. Many of us are taking care of aging parents and fighting through all the paperwork, process and pressure required to get them set up in the senior care system. Agencies that are established to help families keep their seniors at home may mean well, and Pennsylvania has a fairly comprehensive system in place with noble aims. But on the ground, in the family, it looks like they just don't get it. The trail of paper stretches around the lives of families trying to secure services for their elderly loved ones who don't quite fit into a defined category.Why doesn't 'nursing home eligible' mean you can live in a nursing home? Are the screening criteria for the model senior 'day care centers' applied fairly? Are the assessments even accurate? 'Gladys and Me' tells the story of the struggles, triumphs and confusion of one woman and her Mom and raisesquestions about the senior care system in hopes of making it less confusing and stressful for other mothers and their daughters.". -Barbara Grant

The Philadelphia Folklore Project is a 23-year-old nonprofit committed to sustaining Philadelphia-areas vernacular cultural heritage is producing this event as part of an artist-designed salon, linked to PFP's Making Home Place project. Barbara Grant was supported by a Leeway Art and Change grant in developing this effort.