Aspects of Advocating for the Aged

Advocate-v. to support actively, argue for, n. someone who actively supports, one that pleads another’s cause, argues for or openly supports.

How does advocating apply to the elderly?  There are many opportunities to advocate for seniors in one’s life.  One does not have to wait for emergencies or urgent situations.  Advocating can and should be proactive.  Having an advocate can greatly impact a senior’s wellness and quality of life.  Anyone can be an advocate.  Following are some reminders that may help in being an effective advocate for the aged.

Adults-Remember seniors are adults with life experiences though perhaps now fragile and vulnerable.

Appreciate-Respect seniors and appreciate their wisdom and life experiences.

Admit-Admit that family roles may be changing.

Anticipate & Adjust-Anticipate the changes that may occur and adjust for new needs.

Alert-Be alert for safety issues and signs of abuse from caregivers or others.

Ask-Ask questions & listen carefully to answers.  DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING!!!

Answer-Answer questions & validate understanding.

Assist-Assist seniors versus caring for.  Be available to help.  Allow as much autonomy as possible.

Ageism-Be aggressive in fighting ageism.  Do not let health care practitioners assume things when dealing with seniors…Do not let waiters ignore them…Do not tolerate people talking down to seniors…Observe for innocuous ways ageism may present itself and address appropriately.

Practice being a senior advocate.  What a difference you can make in their lives!

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