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I would love your feedback on this topic. I am asking this question for several reasons. I ask professionally as an R.N. and caretaker for my mother, who passed away from Alzheimer's. What I see when I watch the majority of people in the US, is a lack of respect and understanding of our elderly generation. I WAS guilty of this in my younger years.
I support the Alzheimer's Assn. They often ask for contributions to increase awareness and development for research. However, our younger generation cannot see their elders through our eyes. I am writing a course that is often taught to Health Care Providers about sensitivity. I believe the core problem in the US is our respect is given to the youth.
I would like your help and feedback. What suggestions do you have in changing our views towards our elders? They are truly the ones with all the wisdom! I hear so often, "Oh, they are old and are going to die anyway so why waste our $'s on them. Alzheimer's is a disease I don't have to worry about now." I have heard this from HCP's! Tell me what you would do?