Olderadults are people who are surpassing the life expectancy of humanbeings of over 65 years of age. Aging people have limitedregenerative capabilities and are more susceptible to age-relatedhealth complications that can hinder effective communication. Theyare also subjected to chronic diseases such as dementia and effectsof medication complicates their conversation and level ofunderstanding. In this case, I suggest that older people shouldreceive maximum care to maintain their health as this could make usappreciate their existence.
Afterinteracting with older adults, the following are my thoughts. Olderpeople face undesirable stereotypical attitudes from health careprofessionals with related effect on nurses practice andinteractions. In most societies, adverse myths concerning olderpeople have been at the sentiment of ageism hence they are seen asdebilitated, intolerant and unproductive associates of society.Through the influence of myths, older patients are less valued byhealth professionals and this can pose direct adverse effects onthem.
Olderadults may have health complications that add difficulty to speaking,hearing, and understanding. When interacting with aged people, Ishould use terms like honey, darling to convey affection so that theyfeel cared when addressed them. Equally, it is my responsibility as anurse to make sure that when communicating with older adults theenvironment is as quiet as possible to avoid competing forconversation. Since most of older people have a hearing impairment,one should maintain eye contact instead of focusing on somethingelse, raise his or her speech volume to convey the message as clearlyas possible for better understanding.
Aftermy interaction with aged persons, I learned that from time to timethere are certain variations associated to normal aging and aginghealth associated problems such as Alzheimer’s disease thesechanges poses challenges to them during communications andinteractions. Based on health, nurses may lack enough knowledge,skills and positive attitudes to care for aged people. It is alsoevident that nursing students are not trained to understand thephysiological aging process.
Inconclusion, it appears that older adults are regarded with low esteemin our society. Evidence shows that while nurses are capable ofproviding intensive care, they are however not well equipped withknowledge and skills needed for this specialty. Also, students do nothave positive placements and little education is given to emergencyhealth professionals to manage the rising number of aged adults.