Dr. Lee Lindquist: December 13, 2018

WHY DO SENIORS REFUSE HELP?

Expert Reveals Data from a Recent Study Published in the

Journal of American Geriatrics Society

Lee Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA

Chief of Geriatrics at Northwestern Medicine

Older adults who have increasing and unmet home-based needs or are reluctant to accept help may find themselves in an unsafe living situation. This refusal to accept support is not only dangerous for older adults, but it also weighs heavily on their families. Northwestern Medicine Geriatrics researchers set out to better understand this reluctant behavior by going directly to the source, adults aged 65 and older. The objective of this study was to understand the perspectives of older adults about accepting help at home and the fears related to the potential loss of independence.

On December 13th, Dr. Lee Lindquist will be available to discuss the results of this research study and how both older adults and their caregivers, physicians and loved ones can utilize the findings to overcome these barriers. Ultimately, the goal of this research is for older adults to remain in their own homes if safely possible and feel comfortable asking for and accepting needed assistance to allow them to age in place successfully.

Some Findings from the Study:

  • The reluctant behavior derived from accepting home-based support was closely associated with the concern over the inability to complete tasks or be burdensome to others.
  • Participants felt more comfortable asking for help by reframing the concept of being independent to being interdependent.
  • Home-based care led to concern of some participants, who voiced worries that they could be taken advantage of as an older adult.

 

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More About Dr. Lee Lindquist:

Lee Lindquist, MD MPH MBA She is a geriatrician and head of geriatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a published author, educator, and national expert in the care of older adults. She has been featured in over 200 media venues including: New York Times, Chicago Tribune, AARP, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Health News, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Dr. Lindquist grew up helping her grandparents. “We faced difficult decisions on what to do as their health worsened. Experiencing it first hand and repeatedly with my patients, I believed that there had to be a better way.” She is the principal investigator on the PCORI funded project, PlanYourLifespan.org, a comprehensive website developed to help older adults plan for their medical needs in their “fourth quarter” of life.

 

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