With people’s expectations of immediate answers to anything and everything, and pharmacology and medical technologies that promise the moon, it’s no wonder that healthcare decisions are often made in haste and with a bias toward taking action.
In 1987, long before GPS became mainstream and smartphones were invented, Life Alert® began running its famous “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials for its wearable medical alarm alert.
Aging is expensive, and a perfect storm is brewing for the millions of Americans whose elderly parents need care and perhaps, financial assistance.
Harmful family secrets are those that create tension, conflict, and interfere with effective care planning. For example, out of fear of giving up her car keys and independence, an aging parent may hide the fact that her vision and reaction time are not what they used to be.