Avoiding Ageism When Caring For A Senior

by | Oct 4, 2019

There comes a time in everyone’s lives when they will need a helping hand. This is especially true for those in their advanced years. Many times this assistance will come from their family and friends.

Yet, being older doesn’t mean you need to surrender any of your dignity or self-esteem. If you are a caring for a loved one, it’s important to know the impact of your words and actions as you perform this critical duty.

You will play a key role in the health, self-esteem and overall well-being of those in your care. How you treat them as person will have a large impact on their sense of self-worth.

Ageism is a type of bigotry that is similar to racism and sexism. It is a type of prejudice that occurs to people of a given age group.

Many elderly people are victims of ageism. This occurs when people use stereotypes and discriminate against them because of their age.

There are many jokes in American culture today that are targeted at older people. Although they can seem harmless, they can be very damaging and hurtful to those who are elderly. Never refer to your loved ones by using negative words—even in jest.

The reality is that more than ever, older people are living active and vibrant lives, and are contributing largely to their community. It’s important that you always treat them with a high level of respect.

Although you are assisting them in many ways, be careful not to treat them as if they are children. This will create negative response from them and will keep you from developing a positive and meaningful relationship with them.

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Life is challenging. It doesn’t have to be inconvenient. Duluma’s experienced home health caregivers are in your neighborhood to bring you and your loved ones the care services you need and the peace of mind you deserve. Request your complementary consultation today.


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