One of the biggest challenges that eldercare professionals face is improving the social involvement of their clients. Although it is not always considered a primary concern, it is essential to note that social isolation can have detrimental effects on a senior’s physical and emotional health. Studies have shown that prolonged social isolation can lead to various health conditions. It is, therefore, crucial that individuals providing care for an aging relative or parent regularly engage in social interaction.
Despite the widespread belief that age and disability discrimination does not exist in the US, it is still important to note that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else.
Senior Citizens Are Valuable
There are numerous stories in the media about how the aging population is threatening the financial stability of the country’s health care system and pension systems. However, we don’t hear how these stories affect contributions to society.
The fact that people are living longer than ever is a huge success story that should be celebrated. However, it is still important to note that this should not be seen as a future-oriented issue.
Employing More Seniors
There are various myths about the characteristics of older workers and how they can benefit the workplace. To avoid becoming a victim of this issue, employers should thoroughly research these myths and re-educate their managers about the realities of the workforce. Human resources departments can also use the HR taxonomy to identify areas of their operations where they can improve the hiring and development of older workers.
Improving Senior Inclusion
Although it is a fundamental human right to have the freedom to make decisions about one’s life, it is also important to note that family members and professionals often prevent older individuals from having the same opportunities. Therefore, they must continue to enjoy the same level of autonomy and dignity as everyone else.
No one wants to feel that their life is not in their control. However, it is essential to note that older individuals have the right to decide on their own lives. This can be done by participating in their decision-making process. Even if it’s just deciding what to eat or wear, they still need and deserve to have choices.
If it’s a big decision, such as getting a new job or moving to a new location, it is essential to remember that older individuals often need help with their choices. Being involved in their decision-making process can help them feel more empowered.