A little more about me:
I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I was raised by my dad and my grandparents. On weeknights I would sleep at my grandparents house while my dad worked long hours to help raise me (he was a single parent) - which turned out great because my dad didn’t have to pay for childcare, and I got to hang around my awesome grandparents!
Throughout my life my grandmother has battled a lot of ailments- it seemed to be happening for as long as I can remember. Watching her go through all of these issues with her health has made a very tight bond between her and I, especially so since I was there by her side through a great deal of all of her surgeries and sicknesses.
These experiences have instilled in me a great passion for the elderly and aging population- I never look at old people as something “weird” like some people I have interacted with do. I see them as a source of knowledge- there’s a lot older people can teach us about the world and about ourselves.
I am creating this blog for two reasons:
1- It’s for a class assignment. Yes, this is true. And my two topics are mentioned in my blog intro (in the about me section)… but more importantly is for reason 2…
2- Because I love elderly people. I understand them and interact with them in a way that most people I feel my age cannot or refuse not to. Instead of talking down to them, or even babying them (which I HAVE seen) I just feel very comfortable and have natural conversations with them- they ARE people and they deserve respect.
I want to share with people my experiences with being raised by my grandparents, and I want people to understand the hardships that people of their age actually face. Because I am so passionate about this- I will most likely even decide to continue this blog after this semester is over… it means that much to me.
Thanks so much for reading… and I hope you will continue to do so as I discover more about my two main topics as the semester continues.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful grandmother! She has done so much for me during my life: from helping me to learn how to be a decent person, how to have respectable morals, and know that its always alright to be silly. Shes stuck by me through so much- and has always had my back when I needed her. I hope someday I can be half as a wonderful mother to my children as she was to me. I love you mom!
-This picture was taken circa 1948.
It shows my grandmother holding her first daughter- my aunt Leona.
I love this photograph because it shows her true happiness- in my opinion. I also love that her hair was always done so beautifully and that she always looks so lovely. It was something about that generation that always appealed to me- you would never see anyone back then walking into a store wearing pajamas in public- yes- I’m calling you out illy dressed Wal-Mart shoppers.
This photo is also a testament to life. I think it’s interesting that people of my generation dont think about getting old- they fight it with plastic surgery and pills and creams…but it does happen- and this photo is proof. But it’s important to keep in mind- that just because a person does change how they look on the outside- it doesnt mean it has to change who they are on the inside.
In my grandmothers case- she’s beautiful inside and out- and that’s what I strive for in life sometimes.
Altzheimer’s- a short introduction
There are many people in the world who are being afflicted with the terrible disease known as Alzheimer’s.
The word itself brings up terrible feelings of dread and sorrow- the idea of losing one’s memories- lessons learned in life- stability- all things that essentially make us who we are… all gone with the one word “Alzheimer’s.”
It is a scary thought for sure, but there are ways for people to cope better with this disease than they have in the past.
This is my second topic of this blog- the new or alternative treatment options that are being made available to Alzheimer’s patients. Not only will I go further into the treatment options- but I also strive to make the reader understand the impacts that this disease actually has on a person…and their families.
It think this is a great topic to study- and I’m looking forward to doing some more research on the subject- thanks!
Aging in Place- a short introduction
Aging in place has become a topic that is near and dear to me.
The whole idea behind this concept is allowing people as they get older to remain in their homes- or wherever they feel most comfortable- without making them move to a care facility such a s a retirement home.
Growing up with my two grandparents- I can tell you that I have been in and out of these retirements homes for a great portion of my life- I’ve gone and visited my family members there (mostly my grandmothers) when they were placed there for either a short time…. or for the remainder of their lives.
Its a unique experience for a young child, to see their loved one’s in this group environment- and I can attest that there are two serious sides to this situation. One being that- many times a person doesnt want to go into these homes. And the other of course, is that sometimes people look forward to it…but ultimately, I think it comes down to the idea that people generally do not want to move away from their family to go live in some unfamiliar place as they reach the end of their life.
So- my first topic of Aging in Place will go more into this concept. I will explore how the aging person is affected, how their families are affected, how a person might gain or lose from the move, and much more.
there are certainly benefits and negatives to each individual’s case- but I will strive more to show why it is BETTER for an aging person to be able to remain at home and age in place.
About this blog-
This blog is intended for the use of my semester research project for my Social Gerontology class. But, its also something more than that- it is a means of exploration into the world of social aging- it is a tool for discovery- sharing- and seeking.
My goal for this blog will be to share my thoughts with people about some very important topics about social aging.
Throughout the semester I will delve deeply into two main topics.
The first is the concept of “Aging in Place.” The second topic is a bit darker and follows the exploration of Alzheimer’s- a crippling mental disease.
Both of these topics will be research extensively on my part, and there will be more to come about them as the semester continues.
You will find that I have created individual PAGES for these topics- so each of my two topics will be cataloged under their PAGE. You can find my PAGES by going to my homepage and looking to thew right column- there you will see my two page topics “Aging in Place Topic” and “Altzheimer’s Topic.” Since I am researching and posting about two different topics- if things get confusing and you dont know which I’m writing about- simply go to the topics own page, and there you will see an accumulation of posts for that specific topic.
It is my hope, that someone will read this blog and discover new ideas and thoughts about social aging, and how one day we might be faced with these issues when our time comes as we age.
I really like the image below- and it kinda sums up my thinking behind Social Gerontology- and that is I think people have to CHANGE THEIR MINDSET when it comes to aging- accept it and embrace it for what it is- it’s a natural part of who we are- it’s part of what makes us human!