In the Daily Herald for DuPage County, there was an article today that gave statistics on aging. It stipulated that the average life expectancy is 78 years, 9.5 month (up six weeks from 2010). The very same diseases as before are still high on the list, but suicides are up – the highest since 2008. (All of this information is based on 2012 standards.)
Again, I will repeat what my dad has said over and over again. People are now living longer, but not necessarily better. The paper did not state how many of those suicides were age related, but they did state monetary reasons were thought to be a part of the issue and if older people run out of money, they may not want to live!
This is where a caregiver can make or break a life situation for an aging person. If we do our jobs and show that With Age Comes Respect, then we can potentially help to settle some of these issues simply by listening and being there for our clients.
Sometimes it is the small things that help to extend a life. I just hope and pray every day that what I do makes a difference in the lives of the people that I do it for. My primary goal is to make their life fulfilled and filled with dignity and respect. If I can do that, then I am truly satisfied!