What is it about elderly people sometimes?? I sort of mentioned this on another thread.Some of them are ok -- sweet, kind, and good patients. Many of them, however, I must say, are truly a MESS.They will usually be admitted in such poor shape, and have so many co-morbidities: DM, CHF, PAD, PVD, GERD, depression, anxiety, you name it -- they've got it. Then they've got alzheimers, or some other dementia problem. So many seem neglected -- neglected by their families, their spouses, their facilities that they reside in. They come in bruised, battered, many just filthy. Nails that haven't been trimmed in months, and odors that just almost singe your nostrils. And many are just so absolutely demanding. Get me this, get me that. I NEED this, I need that. I need you in here every 5 minutes to do something FOR me. They behave as if they are helpless. Whatever happened to the old stoic and wise self reliant man/woman? What is going on in this country? Have these people just neglected themselves all their lives? Does it stem from their familial relationships? Their state of health? Does it stem from our society as a whole and how we discriminate? Does it come from ageism? Does it come from the gradual breakdown of society? I'm just trying to understand it as I work on a unit that cares mostly for them. I lately have dealt with some of the nastiest and filthiest people lately -- and I just have to wonder how they ended up like this?? And they seem to come from ok families most of the time. It makes me truly, truly fearful of getting older.