Research is now supporting what we have said for years – wisdom comes with age. There is much known about the physical effects of aging on memory. Sensory, information processing, and episodic recall slow with age: semantic and implicit memory are unaffected with age; and wisdom increases with age.

How is wisdom defined? Based on years of research Baltes, Staudinger, Scheibe, and Kunzmann describe wisdom as:

*dealing with the important matters of life and the human condition

* knowledge with extraordinary scope, depth and balance applicable to a certain situation

* superior knowledge, judgement, and advice

* well intended and combines mind and virtue

As caregivers we often gather data with all of our senses, process it, come to a conclusion and offer one solution either to solve a prolem or just unsolicited in our desire to “fix” things. We do not understand why it is not accepted or those that we are trying to help must “think” about it. I hear too often from my clinets and older family members that they feel their family or friends that are caregivers are trying to take over their lives. Frequently this type of help is counter productive, making those needing assistance more resistant to help or advice.

Understanding the aging body’s physical abilities as well as cognitive processes will assist us in being better caregivers and resource providers. Those we love and are providing caregiving assistance to, are processing the details with wisdom. Take the time to sit down and listen and hear what they have to say. These moments too, can be memory making, and a life experience adding to our wisdom.

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