That Impact on Successful
Aging in Seniors:
Caregiving—A Precious Gift
Peter A. DeGolia
In any family in which there is an individual with an acute and life-
threatening or chronic and long-term illness or disease, the caregiver
is under considerable stress (Medalie et al., 2002).
—Jack Medalie, MD
Department of Family Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
Let me out of this hotel prison!
Resident of an Assisted Living Facility
Jane Doe was 97 years of age when she died, most probably from an acute pulmonary embolism associated with prolonged immobilization following a course of influenza. Her daughter Janie was 74 at the time of her death. Jane had 2 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren at the time of her passing.
Jane had mild to moderate dementia (not formally diagnosed), hypertension, and osteoporosis. She was hard-headed and quite set