Jun 1, 2019

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The Twilight Years

No matter how wealthy or healthy a person is, we all age. As Benjamin Franklin once said, death — and, consequently, for most people, aging is the one constant in life. The only other facet of modern society that is as prevalent is taxes.

For some, old age is a fantastic period of life. Most people are retired or work fewer hours in their twilight years. And with that extra time, many older Americans create memories with their spouses, their children, and if possible, their grandchildren! I know that family time was important for my grandparents after they retired, at least.

An additional reason that old age could be a favorable period of someone’s life could be financial security. After a lifetime of hard work and saving money, older people are finally able to use their 401K, Roth IRA, or other financial savings account earnings to travel, vacation, or spend money on leisurely activities. And that is great, especially if their life was marked with dedication or a great work ethic.

Sadly, another prominent feature of older age is not as pleasant: health problems or chronic health conditions. While advances are made every day in science laboratories around the country, it is still a fact of life that people in their later years disproportionately suffer from conditions like diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and so many more. As a society and a human race, we might one day be able to find a cure or treatment for all of these issues — though this is unlikely. Even if so, the hypothetical day we might find these cures or develop these treatments (or find the Fountain of Youth!) is not a day anytime soon.

So what is a person to do if they are or the older, loved one they oversee has been diagnosed with a chronic condition with no end in sight? Well, there are a few courses of action. Obviously, a person can stay in their home or current place. But this is really only best for people if they are willing and able to physically take care of themselves and their responsibilities like paying bills.

Another course of action is to put a person in a nursing home if they are unable to take care of themselves. Nursing home attendants can help change linens, administer medications, ensure residents follow their treatment plans and other medical interventions. But nursing homes also provide a sense of community and belonging to older residents that may not have close relationships with family members. In other cases, residents that are widows or widowers may use a nursing home community to spark relationships with people in the relaxed years of their lifetime.

But nursing homes are not without their flaws or risks. People who are guardians of injured or vulnerable elderly citizens should take precautions when beginning the nursing home enrollment process. According to the Jurewitz Law Group, every year there is a considerable number of nursing home abuse cases. People in the twilight years of their life deserve a safe place to live, so look at the reputation of the home first!

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