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Archive for the ‘Issues in Aging’ Category

Increasing Prevalence of Elder Abuse Cases

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

On the Watch Elder abuse is a growing concern in our society. Seniors are taken advantage of by strangers and even by their own family members on a regular basis. Whether it be emotional or physical abuse, it is a serious issue facing many families throughout North America.

There are a few warning signs you can look for to make sure your senior loved one is safe and happy:

  • State of personal neglect (un-showered, tattered clothing, broken glasses, dehydration, weight loss)
  • Physical injury (unexplained bruises, markings, black eyes, welts, cuts)
  • Behavioral changes (withdrawal from conversations, unresponsiveness, emotional distress in the form of rocking, biting, sucking fingers)
  • Odd changes in banking activity (sudden and unexplained money withdrawals, alterations to legal matters such as change of Power of Attorney or personal Will)

Should you identify any of the signs listed above, deal with the matter right away. Contact local authorities, seek help where needed and tend to the threatened safety of your elderly loved one.

Today’s Baby Boomers to Experience a Different Type of Family Circle in their Elderly Years

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Professor Jacques Legare recently presented a paper at the 2010 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences regarding the availability of the family circle of the elderly and how it will change drastically over the next 20 years.

Right now, many elderly seniors are being cared for by their offspring. In his paper, Professor Legare makes note of the fact that approximately 70% of all elderly people in need are provided care by their ‘informal network’ - essentially their children or spouse. This is possible because most elderly couples of today have stable relationships and had many children. On the other hand, their children, our baby boomers, have quite a different situation. 

Statistics show that the baby boomer cohort is unlike any other and circumstances such as divorce, common-law relationships, fewer children and mixed families must be taken into consideration.

With fewer children and more unstable relationships to rely on, who will care for our baby boomers when they are elderly?

Professor Legare’s paper suggests that baby boomers will likely have to turn to the public system for care, or may need to pay for the assistance they require. For those unwilling to pay, non-traditional methods may need to be explored and baby boomers could feel the need to turn to friends, siblings and extended family members. As a response, public systems must adapt to accommodate for the needs of this unique demographic group as they age.

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