Living Assisted: What I Learned Caring for The Greatest Generation

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As Canada’s population continues to age dealing with the development and continuation of older aged people will become more and more important. Canadian population statistics show that a significant amount of people in old age homes are in fact the elderly. Now when exactly this trend started is unknown however what is clear is that overtime these elderly people will grow older and may require assisted living. Older people tend to exhibit problems such as susceptibility to disease, and statistically old people are more likely to die than younger people. One issue with elderly care is that the elderly tend to rely on other people such and children and family members. This puts an awful pressure on the family to care for the individual. There is a lot of governmental support for individuals who require care as older aged communities and homes have a lot of.

Assisted living helpers would help with general day to day lives of the elderly. Things like day to day hygiene, keeping the house together and the fridge clean, preparing good foods, making sure that the client is comfortable and happy at any given time. It is important that these tasks are kept up to date in older community homes because as people get older they tend to forget or let them go by the wayside. What assisted living procedures do is that it allows elderly people to continue living in a fairly consistent organized manner. One example of this saw a patient living happily- at home care for seniors in Ontario Canada.

One difficult part of aging for the elderly is that as you get older and you loose the ability to be independent, it somehow accelerated the process of aging itself. One of the most difficult parts about living for older people is when they loose their drivers license or no longer are able to live at home. This is the sort of experience that seems to depress older people, resulting in them perceiving that they have no control over their lives anymore, which subconsciously accelerated the decline in mental functioning of older people leading to quicker deaths.

Mental stimulation seems to play a significant part in the development of older people disorders- they get bored, aren’t stimulated either mentally or physically, and then as they are not doing things or thinking they basically decline and die earlier.

Leaving Our Legacy Behind

snioerSince turning 70, I’ve realized that the younger generation will not know about vast amount of things that my generation has done.  I wanted to start this blog to educate the younger generation on things they should know about us.  I have 9 grandchildren so far with hopefully more coming and I want to be able to tell them my stories even when I’m gone.  I want to share things about my life and my insights and also what I’ve learned throughout my 70 years of being here.  I hope you continue along with me until you’ve had enough (haha).

I remember when I was a child and we played with dolls that were made from socks or whatever our mom had lying around.  There were no iPads or phones that we could text on.  Our form of communication was running from each others’ houses.  If I wanted to go play with a friend, I would run to their house, knock on their door, and ask if they were allowed to play with me.  Things were much simpler back then.  There were no group chats or social media.  We wouldn’t know about things right away.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the value of technology but also see it as a way for people to not live their lives properly.  Instead of enjoying a trip, I see kids whipping out their phones to take selfies and document their entire stay.  Now, if it were me, I would be out participating in the activities instead of just catching it on camera.