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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly

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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly   by Alan Lipton


Geriatric Care Management:

Getting older isn't what it used to be. There was a time when senior members of the community lived amongst their extended family, relying on their children or grandchildren for support. But as the Baby Boomer generation pushes the population's media age higher and higher, and as each generation seems to move farther and farther from its geographical roots, the act of younger generations caring for their elderly relatives is becoming less common. Nowadays, the elderly must find alternative ways to receive the type of care they need, though many seniors are reluctant to move into retirement homes or assisted living facilities.

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The effects of caregiving linger on

"The negative psychological effects of caring for someone with dementia linger long after that person has died.  Previous research on caregivers shows that they have higher levels of depression than non-caregivers, especially if they are looking after someone with dementia. When the person dies, there is grief - naturally - but one might expect some psychological improvement once the burden of caregiving has been lifted." - from HealthandAge.com

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You know you are over the hill when -   

- You and your teeth don't sleep together.     

- It takes two tries to get up from the couch.

- You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.

- At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.

- When you're on vacation and your energy runs out before your money does.



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