When older adults are coming from a low socioeconomic and low education background, they are more likely to have a stronger emotional bond with their family and less likely to suffer from some sort of chronic illness (Lowenstein et al., 2007). Like mentioned before, when parents are coming from poor health, low education and no recent moves, they are more likely to have a close family bond with both their adult children and their siblings (Hank, 2007). The close relationships between the elderly and their family members helps improve their well-being but it also has an impact on the younger generations view on the relationships as well (Sener, Oztop, Dogan & Guven, 2008). In an older adults life, their relationships can be very important. Like sibling relationships, older adults benefit from intergenerational relationships, like with their adult children, for life satisfaction (Lowenstein et al., 2007).
I'm glad that my mother raised me to be someone who is noble, responsible, appreciative, independent, optimistic, and family oriented. The morals by which I was taught have made me a simple person, not someone materialistic in any way. She taught me that everything we have is because someone worked for it and that we have to be thankful that we have it. Today I thank my mother so much because she carved me into the confident, enthusiastic, affectionate, and generous person I am today. In comparison to many teenagers I am a very content person and I have my parents to thank.
After spending an afternoon interviewing my elderly father-in-law, I gained insight into how he perceives the aging process and the impact on the quality of his life. First, and foremost he viewed aging in a very positive and healthy manner. He believes that a positive attitude assists in accepting physical and psychosocial changes and enjoyed the fact that he and his wife are both physically fit and cognitively alert. He felt confident that advances made in health care and the quality of their lives would continue to be empowering. He enjoys the benefits of being a senior citizen including discounted travel, free education, and other incentives marketed towards seniors.
The Nursing Home: A Haven for the Elderly Today's nursing homes are excellent environments for our elderly. These establishments provide health care, entertainment, security, and above all, a home for over 1,000,000 American citizens over age 70. There is no better place for an individual who is slowly losing his or her faculties. During one's "golden years," one should not have to worry about daily chores like washing the dishes or mowing the lawn. One should be able to relax and enjoy life.
It is found that family support is strongly associated with happiness, signifying that family relationship plays a vital role in QOL (North et al, 2008). Society today is shifting away from formal institutional care and creating an increased demand for family or informal care of the elderly (Health Canada, 2004). Family care is an inexpensive alternative to long term care institutions. Family care and support are seen an important factor of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing among the older population (Antonucci et al, 2006). Family support influences an elderly person’s quality of life and those who have supportive social networks have better physical and mental health than those older people who do not have meaningful ties with others and family (Berkman, 1995).
Social work has been described as a promotion of well being for clients to live happy productive lives and to age well is to live with the greatest possible quality of life by adapting to declines in performance. Thus, assisting the elderly as they age to lead lives most conducive to them continuing a positive and uplifting experience is key to those social workers, aiding with elderly clients. Below are the answers to the questions regarding the provided case vignette, as I see them. 1. Client is an elderly widower who resides with his daughter, her husband and his three grandchildren.
Friendships are important throughout adulthood but are particularly so for individuals who are single. The developmental course of marriage depe... ... middle of paper ... ...al life, older adults develop ways to compensate for memory loss and slower thinking. Many older individuals develop or intensify their aesthetic and philosophical interests and values at this stage. Social & Personality The variability of life in late adulthood is even greater than at other periods. Several self theorists hold that adults make personal choices in ways that allow them to become fully themselves.
It is essential for society to help our aged population cope well in the last stage of their journey. It is our duty to take care of the senior citizens. They took care of us when we were young and helpless, now it is time to return the favor.
Being able to see their grandchildren frequently brings them closer together. Another pro for the grandparents is being able to help out. Most grandmothers and grandfathers will feel good to be helping out their own kin. Parents have pros and cons too. If substance abuse is a problem, a pro for a parent may be that while the child is residing with the grandparent they are able to go get the help and rehabilitation that they need in order to stop the substance abuse and be able to be a better
Instead, I was very wrong about older people. They are actually the best people to talk to and be around with. With Mrs. Daisy it was great experience to get to know her because I learn so much, since she has done a lot with her life. Ever since I started learning more about older people it has made me appreciate life more and it makes me want to do everything I can to prepare for my future for when I age. I want to age wisely and gracefully like Mrs. Daisy, I want to have good health and feel alive like she is now.