Our elderly are living longer and therefore require more care and services. Many live at home longer but are requiring support which is great that they have this opportunity, however, as we get older and our health and well-being change it is more difficult to participate in the normal activities of daily living and at times this may affect this age groups self-esteem and concepts of self.
Most people are so used to being independent in all activities and when they need assistance with the main activities of daily living such as self-care, mobility, sleeping, eating etc it can affect their self-perception and therefore affect their quality of life.
Being prepared that as we live longer and may require more assistance as we age is inevitable it will also make people consider good health practices earlier in life and their self-perceptions when they do require the assistance.
In the Western World, there are more facilities that are being set up for people to age with the support they require but the quality can be dependent on finances in some places. Younger families may be required to assist physically or financially and when they have their own families it can be difficult for the families to manage, which is why facilities and communities have a variety of services to assist. Checking with GP practices and aged services can help get family members the services and activities that they require or are interested in so that their quality of life is not affected significantly.
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