Like many elders, my father’s daily routine has become much looser since he retired. Take several naps a day? Dad would say he earned it. Limiting how often he takes a bath? Dad may say he’s not going anywhere or seeing anyone and adds that he does take a sponge bath. Leaving food out of the refrigerator after making lunch and then deciding to take a nap? He would say he just forgot. Leaving a mess of newspapers, magazines and bills lying around his office space work area and floor? “I’ll get to it soon,” he promises.
July 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Lately, the question of quality of life vs. quantity of life for elders has been on my mind.
That question initially arose because of the ongoing coverage of Nelson Mandela’s health concerns. There have been conflicting reports about his status. Mandela, who has been hospitalized for a while, was described as being in a permanent vegetative state in a court filing while other reports indicated that he was responsive, but placed on life support to assist with breathing. (USA Today reported that as of his 95th birthday, Mandela is steadily improving.) A South African newspaper suggested that the country’s former president doesn’t have a living will, which could be problematic when end-of-life decisions need to be made since his family seems to not be a united group.
July 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am
As they age, elders may not bounce back as quickly as they used to after a physical setback. Along with health challenges come some big decisions. And sometimes it’s important for caregivers to stand up to elders in order to make a choice that encourages healing and a return to independence.
July 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am
It’s hot! And the scary part is that it’s only the start of summer. The season’s baking heat can be really dangerous for the elderly. Persons who are 65 years old and above are more likely to develop heat stress than younger people.
July 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am
I recently had to take over the management of Dad’s medications when he wasn’t feeling well. That proved to be quite a lesson since he takes about seven pills in the morning and five more in the evening, as well as changing his pain patch every other day. It’s made me a lot more aware of the potential for medication mistakes.