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Friday, August 20, 2010

So, what's it all about?

I often feel I have the most interesting and eventful, as well as stressful, job in the world. Most of my days are spent talking with clients about their needs and comforting them in some way about the process of getting old. Things like, “who will take care of my wife when I have my hip replacement surgery?” or “what will I do when I can’t live at home by myself anymore?” and “I’ve lost my hearing aid.” I find myself saying things like “have you ever considered a long term care facility” and “yeah, no one ever warns you about getting old, do they?” This statement is always and immediately followed by “NO! They don’t!” Nonetheless, and deep down, I love what I do. Most people feel awkward around seniors, or perhaps don’t feel they know how to talk to them. Others don’t pay much attention at all. I find that these people are exceptional and unique personalities with decade’s worth of memories to tell and lessons to teach. Oh to be a fly on the wall in my office! Doting mothers, cursing veterans, and women with blue hair and dentures.

5 comments:

  1. Yay!! I love reading blogs! Loved this post! By the way, I sell long term care insurance :)

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  2. Hey Des!! I love that you are writing this! I work for the Alzheimer's Association in Houston -- I definitely share your heart for the aging population! I'll definitely be following your blogging! :)

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  3. As a geriatric - 63 years old, I'm interested in what's ahead. I like your blog. It made me smile and sad at the same time. Keep it up!

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  4. Welcome LeighAnn, Kristen, and Helena! Thank you all so much for reading. LeighAnn, I had no idea you, too, were wrapped up in the geriatric world! Although, I really shouldn't be surprised. Kristen, thank you for what you do! The Alzheimer's Association is an amazing agency with so much to offer. I've partnered with the association several times in the past to bring caregivers and patients up to date information about dementia and AD. And Helena! I am so happy to have you following. Please oh please always feel free to give your insight! We can all learn from one another.

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  5. Medicaid gives you free hearing aids every 5 years... (but I'm sure you knew that)I think that is way cool! Keep up the blog.. I love the elderly and actually this is useful for healthcare professionals like myself who occasionally have to play SW/case manager.

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