Elder Care in the Dark Ages?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 13 July 2012

A recent BBC news article suggests that the senior housing and elder care industry has much to learn from the notorious Dark Ages, reports Alyssa Gerace for SeniorHousingNews.com in this post.

Apparently, though the era has a bad reputation for doing things in a barbaric way, people in the Middle Ages were pros at “incorporating their seniors into the community at large and promoting multigenerational interaction.” Examples were given during a BBC television documentary based on the experiences of Tony Robinson, a British actor who spent a week in an elder care facility in England. Robinson cited the interaction between hospitals and the greater community made the difference, along with the fact that seniors were not isolated or invisible, but rather a very important part of their society.

Though we have come a long way since the Dark Ages, many might agree that the elder care industry is in desperate need of improvement, specifically, integration. More coordination between care providers and a streamlining of efforts (rather than duplication of services) are tenets that many elder care advocates speak of when asked how to do things better.

As it’s been done before, centuries ago, there is no reason it cannot happen again, right?

Talk back: What “old-fashioned” ways of doing things would you like to see return/could be beneficial today?



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