The Blessing of Perspective

grandpa_clip_art_25224This New York Times article entitled Generation Y-Me by Paula Span puts an interesting twist on a theory as to why the elderly resist change. Parsing a study comparing how two different age groups deal with heart failure, they detect a key difference in how different age groups deal with heart failure.  Probably due to the dramatic difference from their former selves, the younger patients (62 and below) feel more depressed and defeated by their condition while their older counterparts take it more in their stride.  Span hypothesizes that the elderly may refuse helpful devices such as hearing aids, canes and shower grab bars simply because, with the gift of time, their disabilities don’t feel like a big deal to them.  This resistance should not be categorized as ornery, but their taking their limitations in their stride.  Most elderly seem to cope with their multiple illnesses and these life transitions quite smoothly.  Far from being stubborn, the elderly have a healthy dose of good old fashioned forbearance – another admirable trait the older folks can teach the rest of us.  At David York Agency, we are familiar with the mindset of the elderly and are adept at making them feel comfortable and cared for.  For more key insights into home healthcare and eldercare, visit our blog at www.davidyorkagency.com.