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Increasing numbers of people are living significantly longer lives than ever before. Although this is a good thing, there are certain areas which we need to be mindful of. Some of the elderly often carry severe physical, mental and emotional health issues and other needs that should not be ignored by others.

Longevity Issues

As people attain the ages at which there is degeneration, they often need the attention and care of their next of kin and doctors. Frequently, as evidenced in society nowadays, those very individuals are their busy middle-aged adult children who are fending for their careers, caring for their children (and to a certain extent, even their grandchildren), paying mortgages and bills. Sometimes, they too also experience their own health problems. Often, these adult children are inundated by their current struggles to fruitfully address the time and money issues needed to manage their myriad of responsibilities.

Options for the elderly

Often, when the person in need is an elderly parent or aged relative, many will try their best to summon up their physical, emotional, financial and other resources to help. This can include sorting out the elderly person’s bills, driving the elderly person for medical appointments and also management of the elderly person’s finances. Other tasks may involve helping the older person locate a suitable place that will fulfil his or her needs. This can be independent living coupled with home health care with regular visits by relatives or the nursing home that has the appropriate medical personnel to care for the elderly. The earlier case sometimes manifest caregiver fatigue where the primary caregiver is overwhelmed by the duties and responsibilities required.
As with older people, they have a higher tendency to suffer from neurological and psychiatric problems ranging from anxiety disorders, depression to various forms of dementia. It is extremely tough for family members to deal with such major problems besetting the elderly. Another key issue is when the elderly person “self-neglects.” Some of the things they start to do, among others, include hoarding things, failing to take care of personal grooming and personal nutrition. These are warning signs that something is really wrong and the family members would have to make some really hard choices. Understandably, the elderly person may not appreciate these actions as this is construed as a very cruel act. Family members who are sincerely trying to help are most of the time left in an emotional distraught state. They also face conflicts within the family where the children have disagreements on what should be the best course of action for their parent. It is only through an objective assessment of the reality of the situation that the elderly person can be rendered the best possible aid or care.