AG ch.4, "Assistance"
1. Your chances of avoiding the nursing home are directly related to what number?
2. What scared Lou? OR, What was it about suburban living with Ton and Shelley that especially disrupted his simple and satisfying routine (described on 81).
3. What is the condition of old age in which the body loses its ability to maintain adequate blood pressure for brain function during changes in bodily position?
4. (T/F) The burdens for today's elder-caregiver have declined from what they were a century ago.
5. What were the residents of the Park Place "living center with assistance" called? (occupants, associates, patients, tenants) OR, Name something that rose or that fell, at Park Place.
6. Studies show that as people age they focus more on what? OR, What did Laura Carstensen's research show? OR, What new perspective did she gain from her accident and slow recuperation?
BONUS: What is the approximate ratio of people in assisted living to people in nursing homes?
BONUS: A colleague told Wilson "we want _____ for ourselves and _____ for those we love."
Let's all try to think of examples of people who flourished in the later years of long and constructive lives. I thought first of the late Stewart Udall (1920-2010). His "letter to my grandchildren"* is a priceless model of the kind of wisdom only years can bring...
Inspiring Centenarians Wesley Ernest Brown was born June 22, 1907 and is a U.S. District Court judge who, as of 2010, is the oldest federal judge still hearing cases... (continues)
Life lessons from a nonagenerian ...He's looking forward to his 100th birthday next May, which he hopes to spend with his family... "I feel pretty good about getting older. I may be 99, but I am still learning and experiencing new things everyday. You never stop learning. Age is not just a number, it's a badge of all my life experiences."
Paul Offit, nyt - "Bad Faith" - What should happen when parents, acting on religious beliefs, reject medical care for their offspring?
DQ (Post yours, please) -
1. If there is a significant gender gap when it comes to assisting one's elderly parents, what can/should be done to close it? Should we view this as a medical issue, or simply a social reality?
2. Lou couldn't understand why Ruth kept smoking, after surviving lung cancer. (80) Do you? How would you have counselled her?
3. If you have a choice, what kind of environment would you prefer to grow old in: city, suburb, small town, country, seaside, mountains...? What daily routine(s) would you find satisfying?
4. Was Jessie's "vision" of home (88-9) reasonable, for most elders in need of living assistance? Would you modify it in any way? Weren't the critics right to worry about locked doors, kitchen utensils, etc.? (91)
5. Does Maslow's hierarchy of needs (93) apply to the elderly? Have you ever had a "NDE" or any other experience that fundamentally altered your perspective on what matters?
6. "So unless supporting people's capabilities is made a priority, the staff ends up dressing people like they're rag dolls." (105) How do you make curiosity about old people's lives a staff priority, beyond hiring staff with this priority made explicit?
7. Do you know of any Stewart Udalls, any instructive nonagenerians, any inspiring centenarians?
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