Elderly Loss: So Much to Bear

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Loss in the Elderly

A recent New York Times article, “Aging and the Art of Losing” is quite poignant. Dr. Ariel Green, a geriatrician, details all elderly loss. This population experiences loss on many levels. Loss ranges from the loss of weight to the loss of loved ones. Others losses included the loss of bodily functions, the loss of memory and cognitive ability, the loss of independence. They even experience the loss of self.  Dr. Green laments this because he entered the field to help people. Now he feels helpless and sad for all they must bear.

Caregivers Must be Considerate

Caregivers, whether they are paid or family members, need to keep this all in mind when caring for the older patient. This is often challenging for caregivers to understand because of the generation gap. They must remember that old age is a time of a series of losses and the senior citizen must adjust to each one. There are losses in terms of of health, loved ones, status through retirement, sexuality, and, in most cases, tighter budget constraints. Most important of all, they are experiencing a substantial loss of overall independence. The elderly have the onerous task of adjusting to dramatic lifestyle changes under compromising circumstances. Considering all this, they often accomplish it with the utmost grace.


At David York Agency, we are especially sensitive to these issues. Our caring filters all through our organization and down to all our home health aides.  You can contact us anytime to discuss transition issues associated with the elderly or you can visit us at our website www.davidyorkagency.com.