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to keep as many parts of our
brains active as we can. Our
brains don't diminish with age
but if we keep them active, in a
stimulating environment, they
can actually grow. Admittedly as
we get older this takes longer
but who is in a hurry?
Just think how rich this
country and the world could be,
if older people were encouraged
to expand their brains and bring
all those talents on board as
well. I don't just mean richness in
monetary terms, although many
countries could do with this, but
also in terms of all the desirable
attributes such as love, care and
compassion and a desire to leave
the world a better place.
THE VALUE OF
We have to accept that as we get
older we will become more frail
and may need help, but apart
from that the sky is the limit in
ageing. The home help services
and aged care facilities need to
accept this and encourage older
people not to give up on the rest
of life but be fully engaged with it;
providing physical assistance as
necessary to help us overcome
At least one home care
agency is already taking this
approach by providing far
more than just cleaning and
personal assistance. It actively
encourages and assists its
clients to stay connected with
the world. Not only are its clients
happier but their families are also
appreciating the change and
becoming more involved. What
a different world we would live in
if all aged care facilities viewed
their clients as needing help with
their frailty not just as a goal but
as a means of helping them to
remain connected with life and
In our younger days, when
we meet someone new, one of
the first questions we ask is,
'what do you do?' as this helps
establish a relationship with
them. In the brave new world
we would ask everyone this
question, including older people,
acknowledging their worth to
society; not just assume that
they are a retiree of no value.
For new admissions to home
help and aged care services,
asking this question would be
an indication that the carers can
provide assistance to facilitate the
older person's continued ability to
remain involved. If older people
say they do nothing, the next
question should be, 'what would
you like to do?'.
This new approach to older
people would help eliminate
ageist terms and words such as
'silly old fool', forgetful, childish,
antisocial, feeble etc, so often
applied to older people. May
the day soon come when older
people are regarded the same
as younger people; perhaps with
not as much strength but far
more wisdom and knowledge.
People who can still achieve in
whatever field they choose and
should be encouraged to do so.
We need everybody's talents in
this world. n
Audrey Guy has two blogs:
into Ageing by an Older
Person; and http://over65.net A
site for people over 65 run by
people over 65.
"To me it is much more
rational to think of life now
as a continuum, with people
having many of the same
needs from cradle to grave."
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