Health Care Is Broken - Don't Turn Your Back On The Aging

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Educational Post for 6/22/19

by Patricia Feager

 

With time, everything ages. Neighborhoods, houses, commercial properties, community parks, medical facilities, schools, streets, and infrastructure. Maintenance should not become a taxpayer's burden, but it happens. 

 

Homes were built and designed with wear and tear in mind. Home appliances, heating, air conditioning, roofs, foundation, windows, floors, walls, soffits, eaves, gutters, fences, water heaters, plumbing, and electrical aren't built to last. Oh, there may be transferable warranties and people may think a lifetime guarantee is their protection; however, read the fine print. Home maintenance is essential and becomes a financial concern over time.

 

PEOPLE ARE MORE VALUABLE

People also age. Sickness and disease can expedite the aging process causing things that a person could do on their own previously, suddenly seem like a heavy and impossible chore. People on fixed incomes are vulnerable. Buyers beware of scammers and people who make false promises. 

 

Families with children can suddenly find themselves taking care of aging parents. Financial needs, health, safety, and adapting are a fact of life. While driving in my car, I heard an interview with Louise Aronson talking about "Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimaging Life." Dr. Louise Aronson's new book, "Elderhood," got my attention. What brought Dr. Aronson down to her knees to re-evaluate the aging process was medical issues she was experiencing. It was then, she realized, "people in our health care system are indicative of how current medical care is broken for all of us." I bought a copy and recommend anyone and everyone, regardless of age to read the book.

 

 

FROM THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN WE ARE AGING

For the most part, individuals know when they need medical attention. Doctors spend a few minutes with their patients and prescribe drugs, a specialist, procedures, x-rays, or something else. How much do we know about their training and expertise? The answers will surprise you. This book isn't just about older people, specifically those in need of geriatrics, it is on life in general and what you need to know, the whole spectrum of infancy, toddler, child, tween, teen, young adult, adult, middle age, senior, old, elderly, aged, and stories about dying. 

 

I have read a lot of stories here on ActiveRain about Generational Homes, members who lost a family member or members of ActiveRain as a result of death, and those who cared for their parents with dementia and Alzheimer. This book goes into depth on the little training involved by doctors for the elderly. Who doesn't know that Pediatricians is where infants begin until around 17 years old, depending on circumstances. Just about every community has doctors that specialize in Sports Medicine. Women go to Gynecologists and Obstetricians for well-woman and pregnancy. A lot of research has been done on men with prostate cancer and heart disease. But what about elderhood? This is an area that is lacking. Did you know the word Alzheimer's showed up on the Center for Disease Control as recent as 1994, which was 20 years after the first Millennials were born? I highly recommend the book.

 

ELDERHOOD IS A FACT OF LIFE

 

Seniors are near and dear to my heart. That is why I invested my time in further education to achieve my designation in SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist). Stairs are a common problem for seniors. Moving may become a necessity. Family members should be involved in helping their aging family members cope with the many challenges they face without being taken advantage of by someone who rings their bell or calls on the phone and offers to pay cash for their home. Selling senior homes is serious business. Only a qualified real estate age should be given serious consideration to assist with the move for their loved ones. 

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Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
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Hello and Happy Saturday,  We are all aging for sure and this is a excellent blog that you are sharing with us.

 

Jun 22, 2019 09:36 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Patricia - obsolescence whether planned or unplanned is definitely a part of life.  We can control some aspects to ensure we make the most of the product(s) we value most through a regular maintenance plan.

Jun 22, 2019 09:38 AM #2
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Yep, we all age. Some better than others. None of us I even guaranteed our next breath. Healthcare is only broken in the administration of it.

Being an elder is ok it's just the degradation that comes with it that is difficult. 

Jun 22, 2019 09:45 AM #3
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Will Hamm - the sections of the book on Dementia and Alzheimer was very informative. I can understand now why families can feel so helpless. Today, these are words everyone knows but little was known about the disease when doctors were in medical training and there is still a lot more to know. There really needs to be more emphasis on health care and preventative maintenance for the human body that we were born with rather than fake implants to enhance the body image and make it appear more beautiful. Inside the body,  people are still getting older daily. 

Jun 22, 2019 09:45 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs - I agree - obsolescence is natural. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to take care of their inner physical and emotional needs and neglect are everywhere we turn. A regular maintenance plan is essential and challenges are many. My biggest concern these days is the lack of mental health.

Something that struck me as odd in between the time I got out of High School and had to go to work many years later was so much emphasis in the "new workplace" that I missed out on by staying home with children. On that first day of work, I felt like I was stepping into a beauty pageant world and the women my age were more motivated by hooking a man and reeling in money rather than a career and a lifestyle for those who had children. 

I think it all boils down to what we "value." 

Jun 22, 2019 09:57 AM #5
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Doug Dawes - Yes! Yes! Yes! Degradation is a huge problem in today's society! The changes we are seeing are quite dramatic and sad. Many children are more prepared for fashion, sports, beauty, the music industry, and computer technology than how to take care of their own teeth once they leave home. And the practice of safe sex is emphasized more than virtue, honor, and personal responsibilities for health and education.  

When it comes to passing down the family crown to seniors, in many areas of our country, it just doesn't seem to fit the lifestyle for our society.  If it does, it's purely an anomaly. Stereotypes about people aging exist even within the family structure. Cultivating morale is one of the biggest challenges facing the elderly, but then again, there are many hardships and life challenges. 

Jun 22, 2019 10:10 AM #6
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good afternoon Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

Michael Jacobs is right obsolescence whether planned or unplanned is definitely a part of life. Its important for each one of us to be aware of our family members and those living around us and what they are going through and ask ourselves how can we help make the journey more comfortable. Morale is a huge challenge and needs to be addressed.

Jun 22, 2019 01:07 PM #7
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George Souto
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Patricia I don't plan on getting old, just maturing

Seriously this sounds like a good book to pick up and read.

Jun 22, 2019 02:31 PM #8
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Patricia. If we are lucky we age and then we learn to deal with the issues that come along. Nice post.

Jun 22, 2019 04:09 PM #9
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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That should be a good book to read.  I'm learning a lot observing my 97 year old dad as he continues to live on his own with some help from hired caregivers.  He's lucky to be in good health, but his memory is not so good.

Jun 22, 2019 08:05 PM #10
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - There is no doubt in my mind that you are learning by observing! If I didn't hear this female doctor on the radio in my car, I wouldn't have selected the book. I can't stop highlighting and taking notes! It's very educational! 

I'm glad to hear your dad is in good health. Stay away from over-the-counter drugs! I strongly recommend the book and wish you and your father good health.  

Jun 23, 2019 03:57 AM #11
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is very very sad to see how messed up our medical care system is, I sure hope the powers that be can eventually fix it.

Jun 23, 2019 06:49 AM #12
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Brian England - You are right and our lives depend on the "powers that be" to fix it! 

This book is for people of all ages. There is a wealth of medical information that was astonishing to learn. 

Cheers to good health!!!

Jun 23, 2019 07:09 AM #13
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Senior discounts and aches are right around the corner.  And with aging parents and me the local kid I will definitely pick up that book and read it. 

Jun 23, 2019 08:23 PM #14
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Tammy Lankford, -I hope you find it as informative as I did. Your growing family depends on you so much. It's worth the read, especially because it's written by a female doctor who has lived through many of the same experiences we have and shares examples of what's going on behind the scenes that patients don't even know. 

 

Jun 23, 2019 08:59 PM #15
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Roy Kelley
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Some of us have reached a senior status that provides clear warnings of the challenges faced.

Jun 26, 2019 01:11 PM #16
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Roy Kelley - It's a road not many are invited to walk. Although the road provides challenges for many seniors nobody else who hasn't gotten there can top their wisdom and few could have walked in their shoes. 

Jun 28, 2019 07:09 PM #17
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