I have a friend who is currently caring for her older adult mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I recently asked my friend the question, “What is it that you wish you had known before you started taking care of your mother that you know now?” I found her answer interesting.
We are all aging in an ageist society. How many times have you said to someone, “I’m getting old; It’s tough to get old” or have heard your friends make statements like this? How many of you have said or heard these things when you were in your 30s?
You can teach an old do new tricks; you just may need better tricks. The stereotypes revolving the older adult population are still rampant and are still just stereotypes. The general population doesn’t seem to understand the importance of this 65-plus population and how this one group affects so much of the United States daily operations.
One of the most difficult processes to embark is placing a loved one in long-term care, either assisted living or skilled nursing facility. This is particularly difficult when your loved one is not able to contribute to that decision making process.