We live in an ageing society where people are living longer and the balance of life is changing. For the first time there are more people aged over sixty than children under sixteen in many European countries. Most aged people can now look forward to many more years of healthy life after retirement than ever before. Our society is becoming more diverse. It expects more from public services. There are three areas related to the so-called “Third age” that the government should focus: medical care, financial security and social support. Concerning medical care for elderly people we mean the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing houses and house care.
Regarding economic security, pensions should be consistent with the contributions paid by people all the time they were active workers (employee). But even elderlies who have not paid to get a pension because they did not work (like housewives) or for any other reason they should have a financial support from the government in the form of a monthly income, in order to live with dignity, if they have no other income. On social assistance, government should focus on the fact that the elderlies want to feel useful and participate actively in society. Through education system and of course through family, children have to learn to respect elderly people and see old age as normal and integral part of life.
Researches have shown that elderlies who live in high social support conditions have low score on depression and diseases related with the old age like Alzheimer and senile dementia. Concluding we have to mention that the “Third age” is not a disease but is the physical continuation of life and so must be treated both by the State and by each of us. Furthermore should not forget that everyone once we would be at this stage of life.
In Great Britain, when some people are getting older, they usually go to the homes for elderly people, where nurses are taking care of them. Sometimes such service is paid by the government, but still there’s a question if the city should pay for it, or is it up to us to take care of our grandparents?
Let’s take a closer look at the needs of elderly people in order to understand them better. Before we come to any sort of decision, it is important to find out what the main aspects of taking care of the elderly person are, no matter if it’s a relative or just a friend.
It is important to remember that elderly people are precious. They are somebody’s parents and grandparents. Surely, caring for them can be hard and tiresome and very often people start thinking about nursing and retirement homes but it’s not the way out. Take a moment to find out if you could care about them on your own.
Old people are in strong need of attention and affection. They have a lot of interesting stories to tell, as they have gone through so many life events. Remember, you may be the only one person who can help your elderly relatives enjoy the last years of their lives.
Local nursing homes are, of course, a good place for the elderly people who have no family members and have to live their last days alone. Every country’s government should take care about their elderly citizens no matter of what age they are and what needs they have. But if there’s at least little possibility that you have an opportunity to take care about your granny or grandpapa on your own – do it! For elderly people it is vitally important to know that they have someone who will care for their health and safety.
Once you have decided to take care about your grandparent, you need to make sure as many times as possible that they are alright. Provide them with all the necessary medical supply in order to give them an opportunity not to go to the doctor’s office or pharmacy.