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The Challenge of Life’s Journey: The Resident’s Perspective
Residents share the age-transition-journeys made over their final years as they’ve left their own homes, moved to assisted living and then to long term care. While they continue to feel like the person of their younger years, they realize they can’t do the things they have always done. “I’m 95” says one lady, “but inside my thoughts are just the same as they’ve always been. “ Others talk about giving up the treasures of a life time, downsizing to just a room. It’s not easy. Yet most, despite the difficulties of the journey, smile ahead at tomorrow. “I’m a survivor” says one woman proudly.
These interviews give students preparing to work with the elderly an appreciation of the courage and stamina of the people with whom they’ll be working. It also presents the losses associated with aging, the homes and the life time of relationships. Through it all, the message is: I am still the person I have always been. An excellent DVD to encourage care which is respectful of individual identities and sensitive to the strengths and losses related to life’s journey. Also appropriate for staff and volunteer training in assisted living and in long term care.
Topics: moving, getting older, loss
Audience: Social workers, support groups, allied health training, assisted living/day care staff, seniors and family members.
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