“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me”
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Voice: Speak for the benefit of others
Oppose: Take a stand
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There are many forms of advocacy where you can obtain background information, knowledge and self-education, all you have to do is care about making a difference. Whether it be related to Poverty, the Environment or Social Issues, we all have a voice which can be used to provide valuable insights. As we make a difference in one life, we also stand the chance to improve the lives of many others in our community.
“Nothing in life means anything unless someone cares, and the whole trick is to keep being that someone.”
As Canadians it is in our nature to be big hearted people, but I believe when it comes to painful realities we can also be complacent.
Each day we watch the news, listen to the radio, or even read the newspapers to learn more about what is happening in our communities. Social issues affect us all at some point in our lives.
“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”
Let us take a look at Seniors Care in the Province of BC. We have a growing population of seniors who deserve care. Whether it be family members doing the care, Government, Assisted living or Private Care facilities the cost associated with health care is rising exponentially. Supports need to be built and put in place that protect family members caring for their loved ones at home. Its starts by building and supporting connectedness not separateness in our communities.
What I have witnessed personally is that Care facilities are staffed at increasingly lower levels than ever before and yet their loads have increased. Appropriate training as well as repairs are often bypassed or take longer because of cut corners or lack of funding.
As noted by The Canadian Nurses Association
“The Facts are that Seniors over 85 years of age are the fastest growing age group in Canada. There are currently 645,000 seniors over 85 in Canada, and that is projected to reach 1.28 million by 2031. That will be a 98% increase over the next 20 years (Statistics Canada, 2010). Elder abuse continues to be a taboo that is mostly underestimated and ignored across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem (World Health Organization [WHO], 2002). Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in some developed countries — ranging from 1% to 10% (WHO, 2002). It is a challenge to estimate the prevalence and incidence of elder abuse in Canada. This is due to many factors such as under-reporting, confusion about what constitutes elder abuse, and a general lack of awareness, among other factors. However, based on available Canadian data, it is estimated that between 4% and 10% of older adults in Canada experience some type of abuse (National Seniors Council, 2007)”
“In institutions, abuse is more likely to occur where care standards are low, staff are poorly trained or overworked, interactions between staff and residents are difficult, the physical environment is deficient, and where policies operate in the interests of the institution rather than of the patients/residents” (WHO, 2002).
Mistakes happen, sometimes with detrimental outcomes for both the patient and the facility if undue care and attention is provided. Education, health care, hospitals and all other essential services suffer and need our voice.
Many of our parents came from generations that did not have the modern conveniences we enjoy today. The least we can do for their sacrifices is take care of them in their time of need. TEACH by your example.
Please watch this touching video that puts it all into perspective: