"The Role of Geriatrics" is a wonderful example of a paper on care. Geriatrics is a field of health care directed to focus on elderly aged people. To experience the condition of elderly persons, it is important to fit in their shoes. This helps in understanding ways through which they can be treated and saved from the pain and feeling of anxiety. It is for this reason that I have undertaken several afflictions to experience the feeling of having mild arthritis, corns and bunions in feet, bilateral cataracts, bilateral hearing loss, and decreased sense of touch. This paper reflects my personal experiences with the afflictions of having these disabilities and diseases. It seemed to find myself in a critical state of eyesight where I had to put stress on my brain to make use of sensory skills along with my vision to look at the objects around me.
The affliction was to make myself feel that I have a disability of bilateral cataracts. Firstly, wrapping pieces of paper around my eyes did not allow me to read through naked eyes. Secondly, the affliction of putting cotton in both ears made me disable in terms of loss of hearing ability. The feeling of being bilateral deaf was very extremely disturbing as I could only hear a buzzing voice in my head.
I felt as if I was detached from the environment and there was nothing around me (Kane, Ouslander, and Abrass). Wearing gloves on my hands made the third affliction of losing the touching sense. I felt my hands heavier. There was a feeling of roughness in everything that I touched which made me feel cranky in terms of mentality. Also, the usage of newspaper to make my knees stiff put me in a condition of mild arthritis that made my bones move uneasily. The feeling of inflamed burning was also felt by me after the passage of a few hours as I did not move my joints like I normally do.
Lastly, the use of stones in the shoes gave me itchy feeling, and every step that I took felt a lot heavier. It was the condition of having corns, bunions, and arthritis in feet which made me move slowly and with friction in every step (Kane, Ouslander, and Abrass). It was not easier to function with such disabilities as a normal person begets with habits. I noticed that the above-noted disabilities rather made me cranky and miserable with severe mood swings. It may be this reason that older aged people are not easy to please.
I felt that with all such afflictions, I got tired easily. If I had these afflictions permanently, I would have a very limited lifestyle and I would have stuck myself to home boundaries only because that would make me less likely to get mood swings. But at the same time, I am aware that I should be capable enough to maintain a lifestyle that will enable me to live with these disabilities and at the same time get treatment for them. These afflictions can be corrected by using the aid of spectacles for eyesight cataracts, hearing devices for the hearing disability, performing exercises for arthritis, and maintaining nutritious intake. If the conditions of diseases and disabilities would be complicated enough for me to handle then the operating room team can surely help me.
The operating room team can help me get complete information on the ways I can help myself to deal with the problems of locomotion. Also, certain monitoring processes could allow me to note my activities and take actions that are best suited for me.
ReferencesKane, R, J Ouslander, and I. Abrass. Essentials of clinical geriatrics. San Francisco: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2004.