Elders in Transition
Well informed seniors plan ahead and enjoy their retirement years in comfort, not in fear of some great unknown. Looking back to scouts, we were told to "Be Prepared". This was not just some catchphrase we had to memorize and recite to get a fancy badge. It was, and is, a philosophy in life. "Don't worry ... Be happy". Don't worry ... Be informed, make informed decisions. Be prepared. Not panicked.
Life is full of uncertainties. But it is also full of likelihoods. Preparing for the likelihoods can reduce the impact of the uncertainties. We may not be certain that an earthquake will hit, but consider the likelihood that an emergency may throw you into "911 mode". Share this 411 plan with your support circle to reduce the "911 impact".
Who is the contact to check on your elder? Do they know where to go and what to do?
Look to trusted neighbours and friends since "modern families" are often made of family members living far away from each other.
Elders who live alone can reduce the risk of being abandoned in an emergency by maintaining contact with professional caregivers (CCAC, Aberdeen, etc.) and social support groups.
If you have elders in your family, neighbourhood or extended community, be aware of the signs of change and help them manage that change with dignity and peace of mind.
Victoria M. Young
645 Norfolk St.N.