The Elderly

 Elderly people may be "invisible" in their communities. My Social Policy on this sourcing from knowledge of what is occurring in England is that they have gone down the route of Ready Meals which they say assists older people who can decide when to eat at their convenience rather than being made to eat at given times. Whilst this may be a favourable issue, there is also the downside that older people are receiving a visit once a week delivering all their ready meals which are frozen, rather than every day, are given a microwave and told to reheat their food. Which may not be the most nourishing and nutritious as there dinner is processed food. As such, they may be "invisible" to their communities. The Ready Meals service may actually be expensive too. My social policy issue which I would like you to give consideration to is that older people should be visible to their communities especially in rural areas and that they should have at least one meal with the kids in the school canteen at the nearest school. They could be mini-bused in, the food is prepared in the

canteen and is nutritious and fresh, there is choice, and the dinnertime would be shared with youngsters or youth thereby ensuring they are "visible" and not isolated x 5 days a week and that any issues associated with them are picked up quickly. The kids and the older people would probably enjoy the experience and the kids could pick up on valuable knowledge sources. The older people could also assist with history projects, reading, storytelling, lifestyle advice - knitting, cooking, sewing, sports, policing, journalism, scientists/academia, army careers etc as they have their own inherent skills and could effect reciprocity and if married to children or youth could assist history projects for the elderly per se - telling their wartime experiences, careers, what it was like in the 50s, music and musical instruments etc or even just being helped by the kids re computers and mobil phones, apps etc.

 

If school time is going to be cut in Highland, then Friday afternoons could switch to elderly time with kids/youth with both benefitting!  The kids would be safe and the elderly would be engaged and not isolated.  Reciprocity.

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We are an ageing population - what would we like when we are elderly

by Lesley on October 10, 2018 at 07:56PM

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