September 2014 spectra 106 - Quality of life in old age

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"We don't judge whether the lifestyle they choose is good or not."

Interview with Kaspar Zölch. What happens with addicts once they reach an age at which they are dependent on care and support in residential facilities? The care homes and homes for the elderly that accept them are still few in number. The Solina Spiez in the Bernese Oberland accommodates 180 persons in need of care. Ten of them are former drug addicts now receiving methadone or Diaphin (the pharmaceutical proprietary name for pure heroin) in the framework of a substitution programme, and 25 are alcoholics. Solina Spiez director Kaspar Zölch talks about his experiences with his colourful mix of clients and their very specific needs. more


At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. The French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle once said: "Old age is a shipwreck". This comparison accurately illustrates what people long thought about old age. In earlier times life was often no more than a fragment, people regularly died young. But those who lived to an advanced age often experienced it as an affliction, once the work and family that had given meaning to their lives were gone and physical ailments and loneliness increasingly set in. more


"No longer exhaust every practical possibility, but focus on the patient's peace of mind"

Palliative care/publication. The term "palliative care" is used when the focus of treatment is no longer on cure or life-prolonging measures, but on alleviation of suffering and on the patient's quality of life. Palliative care is playing an increasingly important role in care of the ageing. A brochure is available that provides a touching portrait of this approach in practice, with sensitive contributions from patients and health professionals. more


That last "one for the road" can be one too much in the elderly

Alcoholism in ageing. Every sixteenth person in Switzerland over the age of 60 regularly drinks too much alcohol. This problem is often not taken seriously. more