When you look at the health and wellbeing concerns that affect most of us, there is a group that still regularly gets left out by a lot of people. We’re talking about the senior citizens of the world. Despite the fact that more of us are living to longer ages, we have a serious cultural blind spot to the safety of seniors. Yet the following points prove they’re still some of those at most risk.
Nursing homes can be a great choice for providing later life care for those who can no longer effectively care for themselves. But in some cases, the convenience can mask a standard of care that no-one should have to live with. We need to be more hands-on, particularly when it comes to methods of treatment that will take their care out of our hands. Nursing home neglect is a serious problem that we should be prepared to spot.
Increasing pension ages
There’s also a serious concern growing in terms of how older people maintain their standard of living. The disparity between different income bands is growing larger than ever. At the same time, we’re providing less care for the elderly as we increase the pension age. There’s not just the serious factor of the physical injury at work to be concerned about. There’s also the risk of developing poor emotional and mental health. Depression and stress can have more strenuous effects on those of an older age. Leaving them at even more risk from higher pension ages.
Nowadays, we operate under a different family-social structure than we have for centuries beforehand. No longer are most young families expected to live with and care for their older relatives. Nowadays, they are more often left at home alone, in a nursing home or under care. These choices provide convenience for the younger amongst us. However, they also provide more mental and emotional risk to those older. Social isolation isn’t just a risk to the long-term mood and enjoyment of life. It can also have serious, even fatal, health effects on a person.
In the home
Living at home becomes a bigger risk as we age. We are more prone to injury because of conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis and the general weakening of our bones. At the same time, we are less mobile and more prone to accidents. These accidents will have greater effects on us than before and can easily result in disability. That’s why it’s important to take the time to adapt the home for seniors. To make it easier to get around and even provide alternative mobility options. Limit the risks to help them take care of their body as much as possible.
This article makes it clear that there’s still a lot that we need to do to take care of our senior loved ones. We might have evolved from the mechanisms that kept larger families together, but we haven’t evolved from the need of caring for those in need of it.