Nursing homes resemble the dying breed of Steve Sailer and his depressed, dying, elderly old farts. If they aren't in a nursing home yet, it's all too often they already committed suicide at an earlier age. But some younger white people become diseased and crippled and wind up in a nursing home with elderly people many decades older.
Here is a news report of some unfortunate young folks being stuck in Steve Sailer's and the Republicans' depressed, dying, end-of-the-line resting place - the nursing home.More Young People Entering Nursing Homes, Report Finds
Twenty-six-year-old Adam Martin is confined to a place no young person wants to be -- a nursing home.
Martin is a quadriplegic who lost the use of his legs and arms after being accidentally shot in the neck. He now lives at the Sarasota Health and Rehabilitation Center. "It's lonely here," he told the Associated Press.
In the past eight years, the number of nursing home residents under the age of 65 has increased about 22 percent, according to AP.
"Nursing homes are not prepared in any way shape or form for young people," Jamie Huysman told AOL Health. Huysman is a social worker and spokesman for the International Human Rights Campaign for Caregivers and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Most younger patients have to share a room with someone who exceeds their age by 20 years or more, and generational gaps can cause tension. Older residents don't like the louder music of the younger residents, and the younger residents can't be healthy, emotionally and mentally, when they are faced with death everyday.
"It's a depressing place to live," explained Martin to the AP. "People die around you all the time. It starts to really get depressing because all you're seeing is negative, negative, negative."
Not all younger residents are in for the long haul. Some are just there to recover from an injury since it is a cheaper method for their insurance companies.
Either way, for those younger people who find themselves disabled, recovering and in a nursing home, sometimes the hardest part of the battle can be psychological.
"It is a real challenge for young people," Dr. James Campbell, Geriatric Center director and executive director of Post Acute and Extended Care at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, told AOL Health.
Many young residents can slip into depression from their physical limitations, lack of socializing and dreary and sad surroundings. According to Campbell, social perks, such as activities, game nights and social outings, are "critical" and can sometimes make or break the mental and emotional health of a younger resident. "The risk is without that they will be become isolated and depressed."
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