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The Value Of Geriatric Care


  • November 15, 2017
  • learadmin

It is always hard to admit to myself when I catch myself being impatient. When the day is full of things to do I have realized that I have finished a person’s sentence or interrupted that person in my haste to move the conversation along. When I catch myself I feel particularly guilty when it is an elderly person I am talking to because I know that nothing says I care more than sitting down one on one with our senior loved ones and having a conversation. It is with intention now that I prepare myself when I visit my senior friends that I have plenty of time and nothing to distract me. I silence my phone before I ring the door bell.

Often times when I think I know what the next word is I am surprised to find that the conversation can take a whole new direction. When the person realizes you are there to really listen what might start out as a light conversation might turn into a heartfelt conversation about feelings you never knew about.That conversation could be just part of a lovely afternoon or it could be the turning point in discovering something about your loved one that could either help them work out some worrisome problem or give you the chance to ease a mental or physical burden.

It is important to be to be particularly mindful of our friends and loved ones who are coping with memory loss. Many have told me they feel invisible because people do not have the time to wait for them to express themselves. It may take them longer to find the word but have patience. In the end you will help that person have the confidence to still join in conversation.