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Chev Social Services: Active Aging - By Hylton Marks

Updated: Feb 5

Ageing brings with it unavoidable changes-physical, psychological and emotional. Any of these changes can lead to anguish and despair to the ageing person as well as family and friends.

Some changes cannot be avoided or overcome but a person’s attitude, appropriate resources and support from family and friends can alleviate changes that may feel overwhelming at times.

The current philosophy of care for older persons aims at helping older people retain their independence and remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Retaining one’s independence and active ageing with dignity requires a person to be actively involved in any decisions that affect them directly, physical exercise, a healthy diet, social interaction and mental stimulation.

Loneliness and isolation lead to depression and cognitive decline which destroy older peoples’ lives. Older people need social interaction to stay in touch with their surroundings and retain a sense of belonging and worth.

People may ask what they can do to assist an older person: A visit to an older person or an offer to take someone out even for a short time are gestures that cannot be measured in financial terms yet are so valuable to the older person.

© 2016 by Goldie Simpson

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