The Senior Active Model © looks at the role of ME (the senior), WE (the family, friends & neighbours) and US (the society) as factors in helping seniors to continue to participate actively and healthily in our society.
ME: The senior
It helps for the individual to analyse his/her own strengths. Use these strengths to work on the areas that need to be improved on. It is also important for the individual to acknowledge that everyone has their own weaknesses. Are there areas that the individual may need help in? Are there changes needed to lead a healthier lifestyle? For example quit smoking, eat more healthily or join a hobby group?
WE: Family and friends
With good communication and planning between these members, it can help the individual and the caregiver better. For example if a person has difficulty with transportation and needs assistance, this group of people can formulate a schedule to take turns to accompany the person to his/her destination. Table A is an example of a plan.
Sometimes, it is not easy for a senior to ask for help because they have been independent for a long time. To lose parts of that independence may not only be physically painful but emotionally too. It is important for the people around the individual to allow the senior to take charge of their lives. For example, if they need help in an area, try to accommodate to how they would like to be helped but not only on what is the most convenient way.
US: The society
The society must also analyse its strengths and weaknesses. How accommodative is the society to the needs of seniors? In a fast paced lifestyle, has a culture evolved that has excluded others that are physically less able?
SENIOR ACTIVE holds discussion forums to engage the society in playing a role in keeping seniors actively participating in our society. Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming forum.