Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

Stability and Slow Medicine: The First Station of Later Life

Stability for an elder may consist of a “set” schedule without the rigors of daily life imposed on them. A normal day consists of waking up without an alarm clock, reading the newspaper, collecting the mail, talking with friends over lunch, and taking a walk. Small illnesses or chronic conditions may come and go without much disruption to this relaxed schedule. During this time of stability (or “first station of later life”), elders and their families must be proactive and prepare for the end of this period of stability. Change is inevitable. Slow medicine means being proactive with attentive listening.…

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