Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The New York Times recently ran an article that focused on how elders are persevering during the pandemic. How the Oldest Old Can Endure Even This introduces us to the concept of crisis competence. That is, "[n]o visitors. No friends at the dining table. Neighbors dying without notice. But many older adults have proved resilient during the pandemic, a phenomenon known as 'crisis competence.'" For those older adults who live in long term care facilities, they have had to give up more autonomy in return for being kept safe.
Maybe it's their perspective, having a history of years on which to face their present and their future.
A surprise of the pandemic has been how well many older adults have adapted to the restrictions. “There’s crisis competence,” said Mark Brennan-Ing, a senior research scientist at Hunter College’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging. “As we get older, we get the sense that we’re going to be able to handle it, because we’ve been able to handle challenges in the past. You know you get past it. These things happen, but there’s an end to it, and there’s a life after that.”
While people of all ages have struggled this year, those 65 and up are still more likely to rate their mental health as excellent compared with people under 50.
The article focuses on several residents of a ltc facility, which provides us with important insights. The article wraps up and offers this advice "A motto to take into the new year: Horrible stuff happens, and people rebound from it."