For Chip: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. —Unknown

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gerontology Tips

  • Don't expect to impress the elderly with an expensive car, successful job or fancy house.  
  • Impossible to fool them on anything.  They know everything.
  • They may prefer that all blinds and windows are covered before nightfall.
  •  Information and phrases may be repeated within minutes.
  • Do not be surprised to find a red velvet cupcake hidden in a purse.
  • Do not rule out the possibility of washing unusual items....example:  a nylon purse to remove icing, and it will look better than before.
  • Even if you are driving be prepared to get suggestions for going at a faster speed. 
  • Be flexible in finding compatible products, like hearing aid batteries. 
  • It is possible that they go to bed before 6pm.
  • Elderly folks like their space and tire of you after a few days.
  • Do not consider an insult if they want to cut their visit short, and prefer to leave after one day.
  • They are determined and strong which is the reason they are still alive and kicking.
  • They may have some good advice since they have gone through a long life.
  • Do not expect any sympathy because nothing is a big deal to them at this point.
  • They may not like TV and will care less about DWTS and Real Housewives reality shows.
  • They do enjoy good food and sometimes lots of sweets.
  • Take them out to eat even though it may take two people to get them inside.
  • They may not care for pets, especially ones that are kept in the house.
  • Everything you are buying is too expensive.
  • They may want to drive 10 miles to save 30 cents.
  • Use a pick to restyle bubble permed hair.
  • They may want to eat dinner at 3 or 4pm instead of waiting until at least 6pm.
  • They may not give you a Christmas present if they have not heard from you in a year.
  • This is when you are hoping you have a daughter.  Women tend to be better caregivers than males and you will be this age soon.
  • That expression "the patience of Job" may need that now.
  • Keep a sense of humor.
  • Appreciate their presence because tomorrow is uncertain.