You will be in tears by the end of New York’s Michael Wolff’s “A Life Worth Ending”. It’s a beautifully written and expressive piece for anyone who has experienced a loved one die slowly from illness. Wolff’s piece is a must-read to have a profound understanding of longevity’s impact on the elderly, their families and society.
“Age is one of the great modern adventures, a technological marvel-we're given several more youthful-ish decades if we take care of ourselves. Almost nobody, at least openly, sees this for its ultimate, dismaying, unintended consequence: By promoting longevity and technologically inhibiting death, we have created a new biological status held by an ever-growing part of the nation, a no-exit state that persists longer and longer, one that is nearly as remote from life as death, but which, unlike death, requires vast service, indentured servitude really, and resources.”
Wolff cites tragic statistics as he recounts his mother’s intolerably prolonged journey that is becoming commonplace in the 21st century.
As of right now there are almost 6 million American over the age of 85. By 2050 it will be 19 million, almost 5 percent of the whole population. Seniors use 50 percent of all hospital days. Many of these seniors are then released back home to a lack of care, and end up in a recurring cycle of hospital visits, leading to deteriorating physical and mental wellbeing. One help to this issue is the use of in-home care. On the positive technology side, home care software and home care systems allow caregivers to provide care for a senior in their home, with tasks inside of the home care software and home care systems set to remind caregivers of specifically important tasks – medication reminders, hygiene, physical activity and meal preparation – all of which can extend a person’s healthy, vibrant years opposed to simply extending time in the state Wolff describes above.
15 million Americans will be victims to dementia, a devastating disease his mother suffered from, with the costs hitting 1 trillion by 2050. Dementia is yet another common reason for seniors to move from their home into residential care facilities as caregivers become overwhelmed with their ability to keep a 24/7 eye on their loved one. However, home care managed by home care software and home care systems, such as ClearCare, can also help here by allowing providers to schedule caregivers on live-in shifts, track and share a client’s status in real-time via their home care software and home care systems.
While some technology has caused a presumptively negative effect on end-of-life states, ClearCare strives to provide a home care software and home care systems package that allows seniors to live out their golden years with independence and dignity before the end of life looms.