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What are the Biggest Challenges for Elderly People in Our Society?

Your 1+1 Team
March 18, 2022

While we refer to after 65 as the “golden years,” aging can be a challenge both physically and mentally. People think it gets easier after retirement, however, your loved one may not agree! A transition in routine, while their body is also going through changes, can make this a difficult time for them. Here are some of the Biggest Challenges Elderly People face in Our Society:

Financial insecurity

In a time of inflation and an ever-changing economy, it can be difficult to retire at your ideal age. Even when you plan to retire, figuring out finances can be the most complicated part of retirement. Overspending savings or being unprepared when faced with an unexpected situation can cause a senior to be financially insecure after retirement.

Lost sense of purpose

Once aging adults turn 65, they may be thinking “now what?” It is common to lose your sense of purpose as you get older, especially when you no longer go to work every day. Seniors tend to feel stuck as they’re trying to figure out this new chapter of their life.

Ageism

Outdated stereotypes around the elderly can cause them to be marginalized in their communities. Whether it be in the workforce or at a family function, elderly groups tend to be looked past on and seen as less valuable.

Difficulty with mobility and completing daily tasks

As your loved one ages, you may notice a decline in their mobility and cognitive skills. It is normal for their physical health to not be as strong as it used to be. However, weaker mobility can cause them to no longer be able to do the tasks they’re used to completing.

Isolation is a big challenges for elderly people

It is common for seniors to experience more loneliness than usual. For aging adults who live alone and no longer work, they may have limited social interaction. The elderly who also experience health issues have a difficult time getting out of the house and interacting with others. This causes the feeling of isolation and can develop into depression.

Access to healthcare services

Healthcare is crucial for seniors who are going to be experiencing mental and physical changes. However, it can be difficult to access healthcare, especially for someone who is financially insecure. If your loved one is struggling with long-term care, receiving specific healthcare services can also get complicated.

Finding the right source of care

The process of picking a source of care can be overwhelming. Whether it be choosing a caregiver or a nursing home, it can be a lot to think about and plan accordingly. The variety of types of care can be overwhelming to choose from. You may be unsure if you made the right choice for your loved one and their needs.

While these problems can be a common occurrence, don’t let this frighten you! These issues can be prevented and figured out with the right help. It’s called the golden years for a reason!

1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.

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