Reflection: Gerontology

As a begining to this semester, we are focusing on Geriatrics and Gerontology. I don’t have much experience caring for the elderly so I have sooo much to learn!  In a good way, because everyday is a new learning experience for me, in this field.

Just today, we are learning about Sterile field, dressing, and documentation. haha~It really feels like a nurse! But part of me is scared… i mean, when you hear of suture evisceration and exudating sero-sanguinous and purulent, and it’s not just the med terminology…

In Reflection:

  • What would you feel like if you were elderly and some of the stereotypes were thought of you?

There are so many false assumptions on ageism that it’s really unfair to the elderly. Although I still believe a lot of elderly people are dangerous drivers compared to teens!!! But if it were switched around, and I was accused of being old-fashioned, smelly, slow, idiotic, it would really hurt! tho i can’t help but wonder if its true that must hurt their self-consciousness and self-confidence. And we wonder why elderly always seemed so depressed?!

  • How can stereotypes of the elderly be changed?

Many people form stereotypes because they have not had any experience with them. Maybe also due to western culture, children are brought up to think it’s okay to put an elderly into group homes and forget about them. Or maybe we just don’t remember the blessings we have recieved from them, all the hard work they put in to make this place for us. All it takes is for us to talk with them, spend time with them, and you can realize the elderly was once young and survived through a lot of pain and have so much experience they can teach you.

  • How can we live to be healthy when we are older?

Healthy practices cannot be started when you feel sick. It’s an ongoing improvement. Like people of any age, healthy living includes balanced diet and excercise. But health is actually a holistic balance of all aspects including physical, emotional, social.


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