There are many possible events, which sometimes overlap: in part, these ‘meetings’ highlight personality, the character the patient has formed in the course of his life.
Personality, an essential instrument, even more than intelligence and culture, may turn out to be a vitally useful resource or a limit, sometimes so serious that it can invalidate any attempt to help.
It is almost unrealistic to think one can re-educate an elderly person, even though sometimes relatives, caregivers and doctors invest huge amounts of energy in a project which, mostly, will devour them without bringing any advantage, at times even provoking very ‘vicious’ reactions, derived from frustration and feelings of helplessness.
Many apparently mysterious and worrying problems are clarified during hospitalization, when a constantly observed patient reveals, besides needs and illnesses, the character with which they face everyday life.
Sometimes this is the problem of problems, and the art of therapeutic assistance in such cases is either put through tough tests or it may be greatly appreciated.