Psychological Effects of Ageing

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P4 Psychological effects of ageing; Effects of confidence and self esteem; As we get older, out bodies start to change dramatically and we may feel that we look like a different person as to whom we were when we were younger. Some people’s confidence stays the same whereas others decreases rapidly, in different situations elderly people may even feel more confident; for example, when asked about a childhood memory. Cumming (1975) believed that as we get older we disengage, (but some remain in close contact with friends and family. People’s confidence changes from person to person as some may stay social and close with friends and family or some may get distant from others and not socialise at all. Ageism; Often elderly people are labelled as useless, unable to cope and diseased. Often younger generations can make them feel most vulnerable as they tend to see them as if they have already finished their lives. Elderly people may feel that they are going to be treated with dignity in hospital or any care settings. Culture, religion and beliefs; Often, because of religion, beliefs and your culture this will influence on how you are as an elderly person. For example, someone who is very ill may still have a big positive view on life, whereas some may feel depressed and extremely unhappy. Role changes; A lot of things may influence role changes in an elderly person for example, loss of a partner, loss of work role or change of income. Role changes have also changed in the household as the parents both tend to go out and work so grandparents may spend more time with the children. Older people also tend to vote more than younger people which show that they are more interested in politics. Retirement; Many elderly people believe that retiring is a positive thing that can lead to more freedom. They may have achieved enough in their job to be able

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