Lack Of Self Care At The Older Adult Population

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The older adult population has grown significantly which, in turn, increases the awareness of healthy ageing. Through this new found awareness, facilitators and barriers to healthy ageing were identified and explored. No factor related to aging is solitary, as all factors influence one another. To begin, taking care of the self “…maintains structural integrity and human functioning and contributes to human development.” (Gilbert et al., 2012, p. 22). The self includes both the physical and emotional beings of an individual. Human development is applicable to all ages and it is vital for older adults to have a sense of growth, function and integrity. Consequences for lack of self-care is a deteriorating ageing process. Ageing is inevitable, …show more content…

To facilitate in healthy ageing, elderly persons must not give in or give up, as it upholds the organization and meaning, and function in their lives.
Older adults need to maintain a sense of meaning and integrity. Whether they reside at home or in the hospital, activities and social gatherings are vital for healthy ageing. Nurses should encourage patients to socialize by having them sit in the dining area with other patients, opposed to eating alone in their room. If the patient is self-conscious about how they eat, adjustments can be made such as, using a plate with a “lip” or a raised rim. These plates help patients to help put food onto utensils and reduce food spillage. Furthermore, to aid in the ageing process, nurses must adjust the teaching process to fit the needs and constraints of older adulthood. For example, the nurse should allow more time for teaching sessions and reduce amount of movement needed by the patient. Age changes but does not obstruct the learning of new information.
The teaching-learning process is more than educating a patient about a new skill. It’s a “co-created caring relationship that promotes knowledge, growth, empowerment and healing processes and possibilities for patients (others) and for self” (Watson, 2014). In other words, it’s a transpersonal process. To effectively demonstrate transpersonal teaching, nurses must recognize the

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