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Independance & Freedom

Many older people live active, healthy independent lives however may find that with advancing age they must accept longer or shorter periods of time being cared for by either family or professionals. Two major concerns of all the older participants in our research were loss of independence which they valued highly and increasing dependence which many claim was one of the harder adjustments they faced.


Autonomy and freedom of choice are key to experiencing and expressing dignity. But what does this mean in practice? Our work with Help the Aged on "Dignity Matters" revealed the extent of how BME elders dignity is ignored or repressed, and the fear of losing control over everyday decisions when in care was of a great concern to them.

Duty of Care

PRIAE's work with health practionners who revealed that it was easy to de- personalize the people that you are dealing with, its very easy to focus on problems rather than people was commonplace. In some cases, healthcare professionals were patient advocates but also agents of the health care system in crisis.