The following are some communication strategies we can use to help older people and their families in palliative care who are experiencing emotional symptoms: These strategies may not solve the issue every time and we may need to call on support from experienced and senior clinicians, but often just listening to the person’s concerns, displaying empathy and validation can diffuse a situation and provide the person with some sense of control in a situation that can be very disempowering.
Cultural safety is providing an environment that is respectful of an individual’s culture and beliefs.
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Anxiety can include feelings of apprehension, fear and dread, which can lead to nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath and diarrhoea.
Loneliness is a ‘subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship or emotional attachment with other people’.1 It is often experienced in conjunction with social isolation, if the person has little social contact or others have withdrawn from them.
Australians with severe physical limitations are more prone to being highly distressed, but that is especially a risk for Aboriginal people, the study said.
The policy to improve the life expectancy of the Indigenous community is being reviewed, because it has seen little success so far.
Some people may feel alone even when in the company of others.
Depression may result in a loss of pleasure or interest in things around them.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) people can have different and unique languages, customs, beliefs, healing practices and cultural practices depending on what community they are from.For many Aboriginal people, the topic of death and dying is a very sensitive area.The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute’s Dr Sandra Eades said the results should influence the Federal Government’s redesign of its Close the Gap targets.“Before this study people were aware of the impact of social disadvantage and poverty on poorer mental health in older Aboriginal people, but we didn’t really appreciate the important role that living with chronic illness and physical disability has in driving these mental health problems,” Dr Eades said.Depressed people may feel hopeless or helpless and become isolated from those around them.