No one wants to consider their own mortality, but aging manifests itself in cruel ways. It is difficult to bear witness to a loved one aging, their once powerful frame slowly becoming frail, their piercing eyes becoming glassy and distant. With restricted mobility comes a need to turn to assisted movement. As people become gradually more constrained by their physical limitations there is a very real danger that they could resist venturing out of the house. The experiences they once enjoyed can become agonisingly painful and they could end up living out their final years in pain and misery. As a carer or loved one it becomes increasingly critical that you take action to improve the quality of life for that person. Particularly if it is a loved one, you should feel the need to do everything in your power to make their lives as comfortable as possible. In many cases the freedom of movement will provide the necessary freedom for that individual to live out the latter years of their lives to the full.
As my grandfather became older he was committed to a wheelchair as arthritis greatly reduced his mobility. This was a very difficult experience for everyone involved; the effects extend far beyond the physicality involved with the transportation and movement of the wheelchair. For a once powerful individual to find themselves constrained to a wheeled chair, can prove to be a very difficult life transition.
The aim of this blog is to enlighten individuals experiencing a similar situation to the many different facets involved with a seemly simple development. After reading these posts and sharing my insight you should have an idea of what the wheelchair-bound individual is going through. Gaining such an understanding will enable you to adopt a heightened sense of affinity with the individual and perhaps rekindle an estranged relationship.
As we grow older it is surprisingly easy to lose the close relationship we once had with our parents. We may be too focused on our job, or our own new family and no longer find the time to visit our parents. If your parents suddenly fall ill you will be struck with a sudden sense of realisation that this may be the last opportunity to form or rekindle a relationship. It is of upmost importance that any previous points of conflict are forgotten as best as possible and the present becomes the priority. If you have maintained a strong bond with your parents this is likely to be a highly distressing period for both parties.
The aims of this blog are:
- To remind you of the importance of your loved ones and how you can care for them.
- To share some of the knowledge I have gained as a result of my unpleasant life experiences with aging.
- To share some of the knowledge I gained regarding the tools, services and ideas that can assist you and your loved one during such a period.
- To consider the emotive psychological affects you are likely to experience.