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Don't Pester: Accepting a Degree of Risk May Be Important to Elders' Dignity

Gardening2...Think about it. Barring dementia – and as much as we hear about dementia, not everyone over 65 has become unable to make decisions – our elders should be able to exercise their rights as adults. Aging should increase dignity, not take it away. Maturing should earn us respect for what we’ve been through, not derision for being a bit weathered physically and somewhat different in how we may process information.  If you carefully read the first paragraph of this article you’ll see that much of what I describe sounds like raising children. Ouch!

Read the full article on HealthCentral about how our loved one's dignity may depend on our ability to accept that they take some risks:

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