We are truly blessed to live in a society where health care has advanced to the point that we can live well into our 70s, 80s and even 90s.
But my concern is that our society, and how we care for our elders, has not caught up with such medical advances.
Previously, before the nuclear family, it was common place for our parents and even grandparents to live with their adult children. Just as child-rearing was a communal event, so was caring for our seniors.
Now, with families sprawled across the country and work consuming so much of our time, our elder’s care has slipped down the priority list.
Worse, our elders are susceptible to so many conditions. Hoarding or even just severe ‘cluttering’ can affect the air quality of the home and make it downright dangerous for anyone to live there, let alone someone frail.
Malnutrition, sleep deprivation, and depression are just a few of the ailments that can so negatively affect our elders.
The good news is that I have been lucky enough to work on the award-winning documentary “Saving Our Parents” with such dedicated people as Ed Asner, Art Linkletter and many more.
It is a wake-up call to our generation about the dangers our elder face and what each and every one of us can do, today, to make our elder’s final years not only healthier, but happier as well.
So if you have anyone in your life reaching a more advanced age, please follow the link and order this vital documentary. Become a part of the solution!
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