Older adults can have different criteria for living. They turn to us to interpret and facilitate a myriad of needs.
External life changes radically with age if one becomes functionally or
cognitively impaired. At some point, many elders’ inner worlds shift
and they become disinterested in some daily routines, and more concerned
with what’s really important in life. With aging comes loss; loss of
function, friends and a fear of a loss of control over one’s life. Often
frail elders don’t want to admit to needing help.
This can be stressful on elders and their families. Suddenly, well being
involves more medical care, different concerns, even a flood of forms
and bureaucracies. Additionally, families often struggle with sharing
the new responsibilities