What are your pre-conceived biases about caring for elderly patients?
Onemajor bias is that all older adults naturally become weaker, sicker,and more forgetful as they progress in age. When an older personcomes with a valid concern about their health such as decreasedbladder control and loss of memory, one may view their expectation attheir age. There is also the bias of treating them as less valuablethan younger patients. The younger person is valued because they haveresponsibilities such as raising families and supporting thecountry`s economy. One may view the older person as a drag as theyhave no responsibilities but instead need care. (Li,2013)
What are your feelings regarding successful aging?
Successfulaging occurs when a person has advanced in age, but is stillreasonably capable, both physically and mentally. One has agedsuccessfully if they look younger than their actual age. There is ageneral slowing down of most bodily systems, such as metabolism,mobility, and eyesight with age. means that thisslowing down of the body takes place at a much slower pace than isthe case for most individuals.
Do you think that the concept of successful aging is attainable?
Theconcept of successful aging is very much attainable. However, itinvolves a great deal of personal discipline and commitment towards abetter life in the future. This commitment manifests itself inavoiding drugs, the correct choice of diet, sufficient and regularexercise for both the mind and body. One needs to take on practicalchallenges and work towards their accomplishment. The benefits ofliving a long, enjoyable, and healthy life are worth the effort. (Li,2013)
Where do you plan to practice when you graduate?
Iplan to practice in an institution of higher learning such as amedical college. This is because I enjoy the learning and teachingthat goes on in such an institution. It is always enjoyable to learnnew things and be involved in medical research that could provide thesolution to aging issues.
Will you at any time in your career consider working with the geriatric population?
Idon’t think of working with the geriatric population in the future.This is because I prefer working in a vibrant environment where everynew day is full of learning new things, and imparting knowledge aboutaging to eager students. There is nothing wrong with working with thegeriatric population it is just a matter of personal preference.
If you are offered a position caring for geriatric patients, what would be your concerns?
Theconcerns would include the benefits and remuneration, working hours,the age range of the patients, whether or not they have any chronicconditions that require special care and the particular role that Iwould be expected to play.
Li,Y. (2013). Globalaging issues and policies,Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Ltd.