Ageism Essay

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Ageism Not many people know what ageism is and its effects on people or in our society these days. Ageism can be defined as the aversion, hatred, and prejudice toward the aged and their manifestations in the form of discrimination (Barrow, Smith 7). Ageism allows the younger generations to see older people as different from themselves, thus they subtly cease to identify with their elders as human beings." (Butler, 1975, cited in Matteson & McConnell, 1988: 482). In this essay, aims include discuss and analyse the issues like: the misconceptions and myths about older people and how these ideas influence care, etc. Reference: Branch, L., Harris, D. & Palmore, E.B. (2005) Encyclopedia of Ageism. Haworth Press. All of us have opinions about older people, and expectations - possibly fears - of our own ageing process. These may be formed from our own experiences and our relationships with older people. Here are some examples of the kind of myths and misconceptions which exist about ageing and older people. 1. Older people are likely to be weak, frail, ill or disabled. Some physical conditions are more likely to occur in older people, but not all the illness and disability occurs in old age. 2. Older people are forgetful. The memory does change with age and older people may not remember things so fast, but the stereotype of older people being forgetful is inaccurate. There are many things can affect memory at any age, including stress, worry, depression or illness. 3. Older people do not fall in love or have sexual relationships. Everybody's feelings and emotions change throughout their lives, but feelings don't just stop because you grow older. 4. Expensive medical treatment is wasted on older people. Everybody is entitled to the best medical treatment their community can provide. Reference: Lynn Dorman.

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