Not To Wait

Biggest Challenge: Getting Seniors to learn not to wait

--Diane

Response from DM:

Dear Diane,

Seniors who tend to wait for what they want or need may stem from a few different possibilities. It could be from a lifetime of thinking of others first, or from the perception of not being worthy, or from a lifestyle of always being polite and waiting for one’s turn. When the senior in question is putting off what needs to be done, and the waiting is detrimental to their health and well being, you may want to bring to their attention that waiting is not the best plan of action (or in this case, non-action). But we cannot redo someone's life patterns or established ways for dealing with the world. We must always honor our elders and their ways of being. Only if they are being put in harm’s way do we have a responsibility to alert them to other avenues to deal with their situation.

Each person has the responsibility of dealing with life as they see fit. Sometimes in our haste to help we take away the senior’s independence. Only if someone is in immediate danger, should we intervene. Other than that all we can do is suggest another way to get one’s needs met. Thank you for trying to be supportive to the senior in your life.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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