Sarah, an 84 year old woman lives alone in her own home. Her only child lives 50 miles away. Sarah’s husband of 60 years passed away 9 months ago. Until recently, Sarah has been an active member at the senior center in her neighborhood. She has been driving herself to activities.
Sarah's daughter recently visited for several days and was concerned because, upon arrival, she discovers that her mother:
Sarah's daughter assumes this recent decline is probably "a normal process of aging….something to be expected".
MY orientation as an RN Elder Care Consultant and Certified Geriatric Care Manager isthat all of the changes Sarah is experiencing need to be evaluated and a plan created that will reverse the decline.
After an appointment with her Primary Care Physician to rule out any acute causes for these changes, we created a plan that included:
3 months later, Sarah returned to her independent (with support) self!!
With proactive planning, 'Living Long' can definitely be a blessing!!
Shirley, you have been an angel. Thank you for all your help and kind words these past months – they meant more than you know.