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Seniors’ health care will become more important, people will need to be more patient

With my 76th year and my retirement from the federal public service, I have become more conscious of what I term as the “elder culture” and the particular characteristics that go along with it. I have less of the “risk” mentality in my daily actions and don’t feel the job pressures or the need to increase good work performance and status. I tend to be more health conscious and increasingly focused on family ties and relations. Unsurprisingly, I have even made the needed preparations for my final funeral arrangements and gravesite. I also have more time to be self reflective and to be sentimental over my past achievements. As for seniors, the doctors and caregivers in hospitals are called upon more and more to treat seniors for their needed care. There is a necessity to be tuned to the mannerisms and the basic culture of seniors’ care. With the appointment of the minister for seniors and the minister of health, they may jointly initiate a program to address doctors and hospital staff on how best to treat the seniors in the health-care system. More specifically, in some minority ethnocultural communities, the seniors are highly respected and well-treated, with care. With a greater focus on seniors’ culture and behaviour, the service provided in health care should be more effective. In the final analysis, the doctor or the nurse and the patient are called upon to be accommodating and patient with each other, for mutual benefit.

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