The stress of medical crises involving the elderly frequently causes a panic that can have far reaching consequences among various generations of the patientâ??s family. Making decisions regarding such crises frequently has very high stakes, both to the patient and to his family. These crises may be complicated by the fact that many such crises, such as diabetes and cancer, can be controlled but not cured and by the psychosocial dimensions of the familial relationship. Recommendations for discharge to long-term care facilities can lead to feelings of guilt. The attitudes of social workers and the availability of stand-by and follow-up service are also important considerations.
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Lokshin, Helen. Helping the Aged Person with Medical Decision at Point of Crisis. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1965: