Why Accepting Gone Are the Good Old Days Can Be Positive 

June 6, 2016

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Do you ever long to go back to the past? What do think causes us to think about the “good old days?”

Technology and newer methods are replacing the old ways of doing things. But is that a good or bad thing?

Recently, I experienced an overnight hospital stay when my daughter had her baby. The changes in protocol were amazing. No more going to the viewing window to look at my granddaughter. The healthy infant no longer stays in the nursery. Mother and baby room together. Everything for the care of mother and baby was contained in the private room. Gone are the days of sharing a room with another mother.

I had the pleasure of holding the baby and rocking her when her mother was resting.  A deceptively streamlined glider has replaced the sturdy rocking chair. Unfortunately, the glider squeaked and wobbled until I gave it up for the sofa.

Changes for Safety

As I inspected the baby’s tiny feet, I found a security device attached to her ankle bracelet. What a surprise! Although it looked cumbersome, it served a purpose. Sadly, infant abductions have necessitated the use of the devices.

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin


Thinking back to my early nursing years, I remember the old adage “Gone are the good old days”. Yes, there were many good things about the way we used to do things.  I for one, enjoyed the hands on care but consider the improvements.


  • Our culture’s changing needs
  • Better techniques for controlling infection
  • An increased need for safety and security

Wishing for the good old days is counterproductive. Instead, think of the advances in the last one hundred years. The National Institute on Aging cites one reason people are living longer is “victories against infectious and parasitic diseases.” Other reasons include better sanitation and nutrition.

Some things haven’t changed. Our need for safety, security and unconditional love remain. The basics are still the same regardless of advancement in technology.

I admit I enjoyed this topic. It brought to mind many of the advances in the last hundred years. What are some things you appreciate today? Please share them in the comments.


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