A survey conducted as part of a comprehensive study by the Life Approach organization reveals the readiness and feelings of seniors regarding the last years of their lives.
On October 1, last Friday, International Elderly Day was celebrated around the world, which developed in many countries a full month of raising awareness of the well.being of senior citizens in an aging world in which life expectancy is rising.
The study was conducted for the organization by a geocartography group among those aged 65 and over in Israel through an Internet panel, and examined the readiness for recent years and the existence of a discourse on the end of life among the elderly in Israel. The study shows that seniors in Israel do think about what their last years of life will look like and even the moments of the end of life, but the very occupation – trying to plan, thinking about the issue or even talking about it with relatives – raises concerns and discomfort, which may even lead to deeper engagement or Discussion on this topic.
The findings suggest, among other things, that when senior citizens were asked about wishes they may have on days when they may have a serious illness and may not necessarily be able to make their own decisions, three.quarters (72%) of seniors in Israel expressed concern that the health system would not meet their needs. Towards the end of their lives.
In addition, the majority (83%) of seniors in Israel are afraid of being a burden on their families in the last years of their lives. More than half (57%) of seniors in Israel feel uncomfortable thinking or planning their end of life, and about half (55%) of seniors thought about how they would like their last years to look, but only a fifth (22%) talked about it with family or close friends. An interesting statistic indicates that those who are afraid of being a burden, are also afraid of the thought or planning towards the end of life, and are also afraid of a lack of satisfactory response from the health system.
Access to Life is a non.profit organization active in Israel and the United States, founded in 2004 by Prof. Benjamin (Ben) and Deborah Koren, a world.renowned oncologist and his wife who is a family therapist, with the goal of strengthening hope and meaning and improving the quality of life of Patients and the elderly throughout the aging period.
Prof. Ben Koren, chairman of Gisha Chaim and deputy director of the Medical Center of Oncology at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, says: “One can learn that worrying about what the end of their lives will look like is definitely troubling the elderly in Israel. Unfortunately, most of them do not do enough to prepare their families for a day when they themselves will not be able to make decisions. We encourage everyone to take responsibility for their lives and leave family members medical instructions and a continuing power of attorney. In this way, each person will ensure that his requests are fulfilled as he wishes if he had the opportunity to make decisions. “
Koren is leading a collaboration between the PGKHRI Medical Research Institute (Pamm Gross Kahane Healthcare Research Institute) and the International Scientific Council, designed to lead a revolution in improving the quality of life of patients and the elderly – an initiative that occupies a central place in medical innovation.