Caring for the Elderly

I am writing this page about the elderly because I like my visitors to be a little bit more intelligent than the average run-of-the-mill types. My visitors are very intelligent people and therefore I endeavour to write educational content. Much of this content echoes my personal experiences.

I love looking after elderly people, and in an alternative universe, I became a carer in the geriatric field. I often marvel at the wisdom and experiences that older people have and often wondered if there was a quick way to transfer all of their knowledge to me.

Surely, there must be a quick way to download all of their knowledge and experience. It would certainly save me a lot of time if I did not have to make the same mistakes myself. Something like Spock's mind meld would be very useful. :-)

Some of the most powerful people in British UK society, that I know personally, are above 60. However, these people were always highly intelligent and educated to begin with. When intelligent people get older, their intelligence grows, instead of diminishing.

In my corner of the galaxy the value of the elderly is much more, especially the educated ones that I know. It is strange that one spends ones whole life learning and gathering wisdom, only to retire after having gathered it all. In my business, I value the elderly the most.

School and Poverty

School holiday was a great time for me to earn some pocket money. Being first generation migrants, we were very poor. Bus fare, and lunch money was about all that could be afforded, so if I needed new clothes or shoes, that money would have to be earned. I always preferred to buy Star Trek Comics than shoes though... I became an expert at fixing shoes with holes in them, by cutting lino samples and fitting them from the inside. :-)

My mother graduated with a degree in Sanskrit and ancient languages when she was young, however, there is not much need for that in UK, as most people can barely speak proper English. She worked as a carer nurse for the elderly, by helping them in their homes to bathe, cook, and clean up.

During school holidays, I used to accompany her to some of the homes and help with the tasks. Often some of the people she had to bathe were quite heavy and could not walk so I would help with the carrying, and general household work such as vacuuming, cleaning surfaces, shopping errands etc...

I have always thought it was sad, that everyone, in the twilight of their years would go through this time, and often it is not in the best of conditions or situations...

Certainly, the last few years should be the happiest no matter who you are. How well a society treats its elders is a direct indication of how advanced it has become. In UK, we package the elderly and the sick into one big parcel, the out of sight out of mind, policy.

It was a good experience caring for the elderly and I began to appreciate the short time that we have on this planet. I learnt to make the most of it by appreciating every moment. Who knows, perhaps later in my life, I might consider doing some more work in the caring profession.

The symmetry of life

Chocolates and flowers are nice but they do not last the whole year. Moreover, you need to get something practical that is useful, something that is helpful to your elderly mum in her everyday life.

Pushchair: When I was a baby, my mother had to buy a pram, from her hard-earned cash, so that I could sit comfortably and save my little legs from getting tired. To make matters worse she had to push me around in this, which could not have been easy because I was one of those babies with a very large heavy head. All of us from the Orion Nebula tend to have big heavy heads. :-) It is due to our planet having a gravity of 3.2g.

However now that she is getting on a bit, and we are sometimes confronted with long corridors and walks I decided to get a push chair for her. I was not sure she would like it, but it turned out that she actually loved it!

"Hey Ma, jump on this and I'll push you down the corridor, weeeeeeeeeee!

It is great fun, and once you are done with it you can fold it and store it away in the car boot. She was hoping someone would have the sense to get it. How did I know she wanted it? It was my Jedi intuition. I just made sure that the shop would accept returns in case she did not like it :-)

Nevertheless, I think all mums are like that because they do not want to be any trouble to anyone.

Shower Chair: Get your mum a shower chair. It is absolutely vital and useful. They can sit and have a shower! They will love you for it. You can get these amazingly light aluminium frame plastic chairs on eBay, which they can keep, in the shower. It helps them to keep their independence and makes their life a little easier.

All of her friend loved it so I decided to order five more for them as well! This is a great bargain for my karma!

Bedside Table: Get your mum a nice bedside table so she can have breakfast in bed, or keep her magazines on it. It is just incredibly useful, and they are so cheap as well.

Swinging hammock: All mums love a swinging hammock in the garden, but none of them will actually ask their children to get it for them. However, your mum should not have to ask you for it, you should have the intelligence and sense to get it for her.

When you were a baby she had to buy a little rocking bed for you, and you did not have to ask, so the least you can do is pay her back with a swinging hammock.

As you can see, the pattern I am trying to highlight is a perfect symmetry in life. Look for ways to pay back the people who invested their time and money on you especially your mum and dad. Moreover, do not wait for a Mother's Day or a Fathers Day to arrive. Do it now! Time is ticking...

Alarming Trends

I always volunteer to help in hospitals, at least seven days in a year, and there is always one patient who asks why their son could not be more like me Well, what can I say? I am just a great person!

Unfortunately the Jedi order never party, we are always on duty. There is duty to the public, duty to the state, duty to the Queen. Life is full of solemn duty.

I just cannot stand selfish behaviour, and one of the most alarming trends I have noticed, especially in Europeans, is when I see elderly patients visiting hospitals on their own. Even though they have family, nobody will accompany them, or even pay them a visit when admitted.

When you see one person in that situation that is tragic but when you see six to eight elderly patients everyday in the same situation it is alarming! Their story is always the same of either having selfish children who just do not care, or children who have found new friends such as alcoholism and drugs.

These things have had a very deep and lasting impact on every aspect of British society and culture; however, none of this is reflected in the media or stats. You actually have to go and meet people to find out.