Geriatric care managers and aging professionals who want to advance the holistic quality of life for their clients can make a measurable, long-lasting impact on overall health and well-being if they zero in on quality of life. Finding activities that help elders grow and nurture their emotional, intellectual, physical, and/or spiritual quality of life can help to nurture an older persons whole life and bring back joy.
But what will happen when care manager and professionals in aging will have to zero in on quality of life activities for older people young in the 60’s – today’s baby boomers. Where is their joy ? What will advance their quality of life? How will you find it.
A clue is, Alive Inside .This brilliant program, founded by a social worker, trains care professionals to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for older people in nursing homes with people often lost in their mind’s by Alzheimer’s and loneliness . Finding their musical favorites can tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present. Watch the incredible you tube of Henry who starts to talk for the first time in 10 year when hearing the music of his youth , Cab Calloway.
A New York Times story yesterday says aging specialists of the future will find joy for clients in Led Zeplin , Bob Dylan or Muddy Waters, Grace Slick singing White Rabbit . The Times quotes a retired UPS driver saying “What you’re supposed to do in your golden years is more of what you love,” he said. “What I’ve loved all my life is going to see live music.” He attends more than 100 shows a year, spending thousands of dollars traveling to concerts and multiday rock festivals like Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tenn., which he plans to attend in June. He finds that he is far from the only “old guy” — his term — rocking out.