Stages of life are essentially separated into four major categories; birth/infancy stage, teenage/adolescent stage, youth/midlife stage and elderly stage. However these four demarcations can be thoroughly investigated if separated into smaller sub-headings consisting of pre-birth, birth, infancy (0-3 years), early childhood (3-6 years), middle childhood (6-8 years), late childhood (9-11 years), adolescent (12-20), early adulthood (20-35), midlife adulthood (35-50), mature adulthood (50-80) and late adulthood (80+).
The stages highlighted above have a different influence on the general health of an individual though the norm suggests that one will fall sick ones in a while in his/her lifetime (Boyd, Bee & Johnson, 2006). According to surveys, late adulthood (80+), early/ midlife adulthood and birth/infancy stages have been identified as three stages in life where individuals are likely to visit health centres. Reasons for health concerns within these ages are; weak immune system, reproduction and deteriorating immune system (Boyd, Bee & Johnson, 2006).
To put this discussion to the test, I wisely selected an elderly female friend in her late 80s but still responsive and active. My criteria for this selection was because she had passed through nearly all the stages of her life, therefore, could shed some light on some if not all of them. My first question to her was if she felt her current or previous stages had an effect on interaction with clinicians.
She explained that her current stage of life significantly affected her intimacy with health facilities since it was the time she experienced problems with some of her functions including sight, coordination, difficulty in locomotion and the rate of some infections were higher compared to earlier on in life e.g. persistent cold. She also singled out early adulthood as the other stage she visited health experts as it was the time she was in her reproductive stages (Boyd, Bee & Johnson, 2006).
When asked which areas of the health facility she often attended or were most concerned with her treatment, she identified nursing homes and home cares. She said that her frail health required her to constantly visit these areas so that she could learn ways of staying healthy and prolonging her lifespan. She also added that during her early/middle adulthood areas she frequented maternity wards and reproductive health centres since it was the period she was expectant.
My next question was if she was in the company of her family members during her hospital stay and she agreed. She said that her daughter and two grandchildren helped her during her first three visits to the nursing home. In her subsequent visits, her brother and two sons took turns accompanying her to the facility. She added that it was very helpful since they did the booking and handled all hospital protocols (Boyd, Bee & Johnson, 2006).
The other question was whether her family was included in the initial or later treatments. She said that they were mostly involved in her post-procedure instructions specifically with ensuring she adhered to her prescriptions as well as helping her with some physical exercises. During her treatment she was mainly assisted with her medics; she added that her physiotherapy sessions were too complicated hence only trained professionals would handle such.