Enhancing the Quality of Life for the Elderly to Live Happier

“When someone’s older we seem to do more, but what we really should be doing is less…slow it down. Stop rushing.”

Caregivers think that older adults need a lot of professional medical help. While caring for older parents, the caregiver feels a huge weight of responsibility and wants to provide the best medical help as possible. In reality, unnecessary procedures by healthcare systems can end up causing more harm than good to older people because today, every symptom of aging is treated like a disease.

“A third of older adults go to the hospital for surgery, treatment, tests, leave the hospital having lost the ability to walk.”

Amy Cameron O’Rourke says that healthcare systems capitalize on sickness. According to statistics, the elderly are treated for an illness even if they don’t show any symptoms of having it. Some medical procedures done on older adults, can result in additional health problems. Caregivers must slow down and understand the extent of harm certain medical treatments can do to the elderly.

“Pick somebody that is not attached to any of the entities that will financially gain from the treatment…get somebody that is driven by the older person’s values.”

Old people are known to feel and do better at home rather than in medical institutions. Amy Cameron O’Rourke shares how her dad felt much better at home after stopping his frequent visits to the hospital. Patients, especially the aged, should be allowed to live according to their own values. A caregiver must identify which medical procedure is really necessary and most of all, learn acceptance.

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.  

Sharing your story helps understand yourself — feelings, passions, hopes. It lightens the load and offers relief from loneliness, anxiety, anger or guilt. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team. 

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Source: TEDx Talks

This You Tube video has been curated by Caregiver Saathi. All Rights are Reserved with the original publisher and creators.

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