not nursing assistants work together with the elderly? If so, many of the customers probably sick or disabled. Some may confuse-unable to complete the simplest tasks. When CNAS see your older customers suffer, they can come to think of elderly and lonely, sick people who can not take care of themselves and are just waiting to die. The next CNA inservice meeting, help dispel this stereotype of the elderly by having discussions about normal aging. Here is some information to get you started.
The Normal aging
Get older. It happens to us all, yet many Americans are afraid of getting old. Television and magazines tend to focus on the beautiful young people-to give us the message that aging is bad. But if your image of the elderly is that they lose the ability to work and lead a lonely life in nursing homes, think again! The truth is that most older people learn to live with the changes that age brings. And they enjoy a happy and fulfilling life
Consider these facts :.
- Of all people over 65, only 5% of them live in nursing age.
- Over 55% of the elderly are married.
- Only 19% of people over age 65 have difficulty walking. And about half the people who reach the age of 85 able to get around.
- Although people tend to forget a little bit as they get older, only 5% of Americans have dementia at the age of 65.
Lets face it … life expectancy in the US increased in the twentieth century. People can expect to live longer and longer. For example, over the next twenty years, the number of people over age 85 will double! And the need for feeding assistants like you to care for the elderly will double as well.
Helping Your Customers Be aging well
Although not a “fountain of youth”, there are ways to slow the aging process. You can help your customers feel their best by following these tips:
- Remember that the elderly are at risk of injury accidents. For example, many older people fall from tripping over something on the floor. Check environment client regularly, potential safety hazards and fix or any problems.
- encourage customers to stretch their muscles regularly. Even ten minutes of stretching every other day to prevent age-related stiffness.
- Assist customers with their mouths care-especially flossing. Just mouth care keeps gums healthy. (And, help health gums reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and pneumonia!)
- Find something to laugh about older customers. It is important to keep the sense of humor as we age, and laughing helps people feel young and alive.
- help your clients look their best … a tidy clothes, combed hair and clean fingernails. Kona customers could enjoy a touch of make-up or nail polish finger. Make sure the male customers receive regular moisture.
- Encourage overweight clients to lose weight. Keep in mind that 33% of Americans are obese … obesity causes people to age rapidly.
- If the weather co-operation and customers are physically able, encourage them to get some fresh air and sunshine every day. Thirty minutes of sun a day gives your body a healthy dose of vitamin D
- encourage customers to stay in touch with the world around them by reading the newspaper, watching the news on television or “surfing” the Internet. (Yes, enjoy older computers, too!)
- Above all, help your customers to get some kind of exercise every day they suffered doctor allows. Even a short walk, done daily, will help keep the body young and active. (What is that? Move it or lose it! So get customers to move and they feel and look younger.)
Make your CNAS Want to know more?
To strengthen the understanding of Nursing your aging, consider introducing a complete continuous aging. Be sure to cover each body system, how it changes with age, and CNAS can help the problems that can come with these changes. Happy Teaching!