Why senior care and advocacy matters. Consider this:
Transportation. For some seniors, driving is no longer an option. This forces them to seek other means of transportation such as friends, family, buses, and paid shuttle services. Walking to and from transit stops and destinations in cities can be hazardous, time consuming, and physically demanding. Inclement weather and cancelled/delayed routes can compound the complexity for those dependent on public transit systems.
Doctors Appointments. Doctor’s appointments can be stressful for anyone at any age. Seniors, in particular those living alone, are no exception. Arranging transportation to and from offices, compiling paperwork, making sense of diagnostics, test results and medications, and keeping up with subsequent payments are just some examples.
Memory Loss. All the points above become even harder when memory loss is factored into the equation. Decline in memory is a fairly common part of aging. It can make navigating the interlude between independent and assisted living particularly frustrating and anxiety inducing.
Technology. We live in a world inundated with technology. WiFi, smart devices, and mobile applications are everywhere and make our lives so much easier – if you have access and understanding. If you are a senior on a minimal, fixed income, or experiencing cognitive decline, you might not. Trying to understand or keep up with a technology driven landscape is, for some, another challenge of advanced aging.
Loneliness/Isolation. Loss of a spouse, vocational commitments of children and extended family members, limited transportation, reduced financial security, and increased health expenses, are all factors that can contribute to loneliness and isolation for seniors.