Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fabulously Frail

In her's blog-Overlooking the Frail Years- Paula Span recently brought up the "binary" thinking among many us in thinking about our aging years. The binary arises from the thinking that we are either healthy and fine or that we will die. This healthy/death is the binary thought that needs be revamp. In fact, many of us will live much longer and in that process, we are going to have health problems and will need assistance with long term care. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of current 65-year-olds, according to research by Kemper, Komisar & Alecxih (2005), many will at require assistance to cope with ADLs for daily living, either paid help or unpaid, at home or in a facility.
The author argues that it is not the case that we are unable to conceptualize ourselves as aging and being frail but that we opt to not think about it. As a result, we are less likely to plan for long term services and thus encounter less attractive options later on.

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