Most of us, not yet senior citizens, seldom consider what life will be like when we are say, 75 or 80 years young! Why do I say young; well, maybe because while I used to hold a paradigm that wasn’t very friendly to our aged elders among us, a visit to my barber recently changed that! I digress. Years ago, while stuck driving behind someone else driving at the posted speed limit, I can vividly recall saying, with a good level of frustration in my voice to my then, newlywed wife, ‘You watch, it will be an old man wearing a hat’; and, it was!
As a well acclimatized Boomer, I recently had a friendly debate with my learned friend Terry D’Silva, an engineer, high-tech business owner, researcher and educator at Lambton College, about the challenges posed by Millennials in a workplace.
Despite the use of acronyms for the title of this column, I bet you made sense of it just fine! Isn’t it surprising how often the letters PSW are in our daily vocabulary today? Everyone knows that PSW stands for: Personal Support Worker, one who manages the daily tasks for people who are suffering from illness, injury or dealing with the effects of aging. The most prevalent application for which is elder care.
Maybe its just me, but as I age I find myself using my increased maturity to explain away my own forgetfulness. Well, convenient as that may be, it may also not be true.
Many of we ‘Boomers’ find ourselves aiding our parents in our own pre-retirement and retirement years and, for the most part, these duties approach slowly and with manageable demands; well for the most part! Usually they increase over time with the increased age and reduced physical and cognitive acuity of our loved ones that normally accompanies old age.
Like most of you, I have attended more funerals this year than I thought imaginable. In my case, it is not that I consider attending them a burden; I am pleased to extend my condolences and attempt to lift the bereaved a bit by sharing in their suffering and loss. What I mean to say is that I have attended more funerals already this year than I attended all of last year, and there are 5 months to go in 2018!
I don’t know about you, but as I age and experience more aches and pains etc., and how my body responds to demands simply defies my logic. I mean, I don’t feel one bit older on the ‘inside’! The truth is that all of us will experience reduced physical vitality as we age. While it is always wise to take good care of ourselves, as we age it’s even more important to be proactive about our health. The Cole’s notes:
Ok, not every older driver is but… you’d be surprised to learn that drivers over the age of 65 are among the best insurance risks of all licensed drivers. I know, any one of us can recall seeing an elder driver narrowly avoid an accident or be oblivious to the one that they almost caused due to there apparent absent mindedness. I wonder though whether we have a broad enough sample size of all aged drivers to fairly access our critique against all aged drivers. Here is what I mean.
It’s obvious to most anyone, that older adults want to stay at home and be independent for as long as possible, yet sometimes they will require external help and care in some form. If you want to consider a promising business idea, you might want to size up the opportunity represented by our aging population for doing just that – providing various forms of home-care. Why? Because the expected demand for home-care services and support will increase exponentially over the next 30 years!
Its an election year for at least two levels of government; Provincial and Municipal! The timing is perfect for a public dialogue on the future of all social policy in support of elders. The recent 2016 census profiled stark realities confronting governments in our rapidly aging society. In times past, when our demographics radically shifted, our Federal and Provincial governments responded with tangible, appropriate action and support. In the baby boom era more schools, hospitals and community parks were erected and baby bonuses were established.