As future nurses, it is very important to be aware of the population that we will be caring for. Whether we care for the aging population directly or indirectly we will all be affected by the aging population. I found an article that talks about the changes nurses will have to make with the increase of people dying at a very old age. The article mentions the importance of nurses being trained and supported in caring for patients nearing end of life that might require additional care for conditions such as dementia. It emphasizes the importance of being skilled in communication, holistic assessment , care planning and being able to support people with declined cognitive ability. This is a very important component especially when nurses and healthcare providers are trying to uncover the patient’s wishes and preferences regarding life-prolonging treatments and preferred place of care and death.
As a caregiver, I work with an elderly woman who has dementia. I could only imagine how hard it would be to decide on life-prolonging treatments or trying to decide where her preferred place of care and death would be. As mentioned in another post, it is important to have these conversations before these situations happen.