Why are some older adults resistant? Reasons such as fear of change, mistrust, and resentment toward the person doing the advising are common. A person’s coping skills may be very limited. Too often, we see denial as the older adult’s only way to manage unpleasant news.
Research has shown why the elderly find it difficult to adjust to a new environment. Now, research has shown that the elderly are often unable to adjust to new surroundings because of the deterioration of a brain circuit which plays a critical role in goal-directing learning.
People lack trust in the one making changes When people respect their leaders, it’s often because the leader has built trust over a period of time. If trust is not built, then mistrust is the default response and mistrust often becomes evident in a resistance to change.
When a person experiences traumatic stress, they often have a difficult time “dis-associating” themselves with that stress. The memory gets sealed into their long-term memory. Your memory can get stuck — and then you get stuck. As a person, traumatic experiences keep you in the past.
Change in general is intimidating and induces fear, but changes to your own body and personal circumstances can be even scarier. This is why aging can be so scary. As we get older, there are a lot of changes and unknowns that come up that we have to try to sort out. It’s even worse if we have to do it alone.
A few of the main reasons why employees resistance change is a lack of trust and a lack of communication. To avoid change resistance, provide proof that a new process, tool, or change will greatly benefit them. Educate your employees on how this new change will directly make their lives better.
We resist change because we know it is going to bring about something different, something unexpected. And as we discussed earlier, change translates into fear of the unknown. Eliminating fear, especially fear of the future and the changes that will occur, is a process both for you and for your clients.
People resist change because they believe they will lose something of value or fear they will not be able to adapt to the new ways. When the organizational change goes wrong it’s often because it’s being treated purely as an implementation of a new process.
Common fears about aging can lead to anxiety. Many older adults are afraid of falling, being unable to afford living expenses and medication, being victimized, being dependent on others, being left alone, and death. Older adults and their families should be aware that health changes can also bring on anxiety.
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For some elderly individuals, the nighttime can be frightening due to the conditions they have, including Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. For example, if your elderly loved one has a form of dementia, then they might wake up at night in a confused state, prompting them to wander about.