What Do Older Adults Face? (And How to Help!)
In college, I took a class called, "Biology of Aging" with great curiosity. The class revealed detailed facts on the decline of every body system throughout the aging process. The recently deceased Philip Roth gave a quote to adequately sum up my overall feelings of the course, "Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre." Although it gave me a somber perspective, the class allowed me to be more empathetic and understanding of an older adult's experience while working as an occupational therapist in skilled nursing facilities.
The aging process can be a barrier to a person's ability to be as independent as they used to be. Here are a few examples of barriers to every day living:
As we age, our sensations (i.e. eyesight, touch, smell, taste, hearing, balance) diminish making it more difficult to be aware of potential harm in our homes and community.
There is an increased risk of falling with potential to damage paper-thin skin or break bones plagued with osteoporosis.
The medications prescribed for heart problems, diabetes, sleep problems, or allergies can make older adults feel dizzy when standing up and moving around the home.
Seniors feel insecure about urinary incontinence while going out into the community with the fear of having an accident in public.