With old people with ischemic stroke and other chronic

With the advent of technology and
ongoing research in U.S. healthcare, it is quite evident that the older
population is expected to live longer provided that continuous medical services
are readily available to this age group. However, a central question is whether
this population aging will be accompanied by sustained or improved health, an
improving quality of life, and sufficient social and economic resources. The
answer to this question lies partly in the ability of families and communities,
as well as modern social, political, economic, and health service delivery
systems, to provide optimal support to older persons. Being a physician from
another country and in the healthcare industry for over 10 years, I like to
make a difference in the lives of people especially those who represent
vulnerable age group. I have decided to do Health Management to put my medical
background and clinical expertise to use ensuring healthcare delivery to the
broader community. I believe that I bring a more holistic approach to
healthcare management. Careers in the healthcare field offer dependable and
rewarding work –particularly when you find a focus that’s a fit for you.
Working with the elderly provides many intrinsic rewards that you won’t
discover in any other healthcare sector. In past, I had several opportunities
to work with elderly people. Each experience taught me something new and
different. My most memorable epiphany happened when I was working in the ICU of
a large community hospital in the inner cities of Pakistan. My role and
responsibilities were to assist in managing and evaluating old people with
ischemic stroke and other chronic illnesses. For each patient, I had to review
the chart for any notes left by consultants or cross-covering caregivers and
after that, I was supposed to determine the patient’s symptoms, vital signs,
relevant physical findings, labs and x-rays, and medications. Relatives of
those who had been in intensive care praised my work in ICU and talked
positively about the reassurance and information staff and duty doctors had
given. It gave me immense satisfaction as I could see the reflection of my
grandparents in them. My own grandfather spent the last few months of his
precious life with us. Often, I felt that by having him around us during the last
few days of his life brightened up the days simply with his presence and a fade
smirk.

Now I look forward to going to work
with the elderly because I know they appreciate me helping them just as much as
I appreciate the memories they share with me. Moreover, I believe people who
work with the elderly derive most of their job satisfaction directly from the
relationships built with residents. That’s probably because elderly patients
are so appreciative. Good relationships between the elderly and those providing
their care are good for both parties. The better the relationships, the better
the patient outcomes. And the emotional attachment that healthcare workers have
with their elderly patients is often considered the greatest reward of their
jobs and the reason they stay for longer in their jobs. People from past
generations are like time machines. Through the stories they share you can
learn about them, their lives and what it was like to live, work and love in a previous
era. Often healthcare workers with the elderly find that they gain a new
perspective and deeper wisdom by listening to those who have lived through many
more years than they have, and it gives them a deeper appreciation for their
own lives and relationships.

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For a rewarding career in
healthcare, consider working with the elderly, you could make a real difference
in their lives –and your own. The elderly people  have a way of making you take a
step back from your own life and validate what is meaningful and what is not in
a world where we barely have time to look up from our phones.