Brazil is a developing country and has shown vertical growth in the elderly population in recent decades. Today, almost 15% of Brazilians are over 60 years old. With this change in Brazil’s age structure, many are undergoing social changes, such as declining birth rates and extended life expectancy, in addition to a change in the morbidity and mortality profile of Brazilians.
Living conditions only bring benefits, there is no doubt that older people gain in autonomy and the ability to manage their lives. However, living alone can only lead to a feeling of loneliness and abandonment, which, with the help of mood swings and depression that are so common in adulthood, can be a very heavy burden for the elderly.
As family members and public health services often do not have the minimum requirements to care for these people, as recommended in the National Policy for the Elderly and the Statute for the Elderly, this issue can be even weaker for social, economic, access. difficulties with health, relocation, and basic care, as most have one or more illnesses.
Older people, in general, and those living alone may have high blood pressure, joint disease, and diabetes, many of whom use a variety of medications. And they complain about the difficulties of doing basic activities of daily living, such as housework, nutrition, hygiene, mobility.
According to reports, these seniors are often assisted by neighbors, volunteers, health care providers, or social workers. With so many difficulties and limitations, which are often further evidenced by the actions of living alone, what we realize is that, for the most part, living alone is not an option for the elderly, but a lack of it.
But for those who live alone, unfortunately, ignorance, prejudice, and lack of knowledge about the aging process can end up reinforcing the idea that it is safer for older people to be locked up in their homes. This misconception can lead to even greater difficulties in intergenerational relationships and misunderstanding the difficulties faced by older people living alone, often the sick.
Having a sense of belonging, being important and meaningful to someone, being able to count on the support and solidarity of other people gives you a sense of security and social support for the elderly if needed. The lack of such social support presents the elderly as another problem that needs to be addressed.
In addition to structuring the State in the care of the elderly, it is also up to us to have initiatives that allow members of society and our ancestors to have a better quality of life, such as access through written and video interview applications.
It is important to spend part of our time honoring our elders, telling stories, reciting poems, singing the songs they want, or praying for us: a way of acknowledging and acknowledging the vulnerability of the elderly. us the beauty of life.
Paraphrasing Simone de Beauvoir in her beautiful book old ageFirst of all, if we want to take care of our human condition, we can no longer accept the unhappiness of old age, but we must feel that this is something we care about.