Myers Counseling Group would like to introduce the second article in our three part series: Developing Resources for Elder Care. This article discusses resources, financial and emotional, available for the elderly and their family. The challenges families face when in comes addressing the needs of the elderly could be overwhelming. Our article presents helpful resources for the elderly and their families. The final article will discuss working together with other family members in addressing the needs of the elderly.
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“To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. “
— Henri Frederic Amiel
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Developing Resources For Elder Care
As we age, we start to lose our physical and mental capacities. The loss of muscle tone, strength, and cognitive abilities is different for each individual. A few of us may first begin to notice physical losses in our late 40’s. There are individuals in their 90’s that show very little slowing down in their cognitive abilities. Factors such as heredity and lifestyle play big factors in how getting old impacts someone. Inevitably, our losses may start impacting on our ability to care for ourselves. At some point, our own adjustments may make it difficult to take care of ourselves.
For family members, this could be a daunting task. Supporting the independence of their elderly family member (EFM) and the realities of their abilities is a tough balancing act. Decisions may need to be made that the EFM may not agree with. There are various resources available to make this easier (not easy) for all those involved.
When families are working together and with other professional resource representatives, it is important to make sure everyone is talking about the same thing. Professionals may use terms interchangeably …. click for more