It is evident that ageism and marginalization is widespread in health care, the media, and the workplace, and gradually the elderly individuals are disregarded because of it. These are the three issues we will discuss throughout this paper. Oppression labels the elderly with false perceptions and views of ageism. Oppression is defined as “the cultural, institutional and individual set of practices and beliefs that assign different values to people according to their age, thereby resulting in different treatment” (Watson, Tracy 2009, p.1). Ageism occurs because the young and middle-aged feel distaste for aging.
Renovations to the ADEA in 1978 and 1986 were made to improve laws for individuals that ranged from ages 40 and older and 65 younger was being subjected to discrimination in the work place. The ADEA was created to protect individuals against age discrimination;some may argue that the employers were not abiding by the law. Older Citizens in 1976 were being discriminated against in the work place by employers who were not considering applicants based on equal employment opportunities, but according to their age. “In spite of the unemployment rate, age discrimination persisted and more than 850,000 people over the age of 45 remained unemployed” (Williams, 1978, p.
Sociological Aspects of Later Adulthood In today’s society there are many ways in which you can deal with the elder in our society those that are proven to be incapable of helping and looking after themselves. The elder population has grown a lot, in the past many elderly persons where left alone and abandoned due to numerous reasons some of which where the momentary expense, lack of space and some mere basic reasons. Even in today’s generation persons once they have reach a certain age they are urge to retire and go home when most of these persons are not yet ready to just retire and sit down doing nothing. This however leave the elderly person with no income, no social life and in some cases their self esteem, power and status has being lost in the process. In our world today there is lack of opportunities for the elderly person to take part in; there are not enough facilities to cater to each person’s need, and in capabilities in that the elderly persons that are not gainfully employed cannot afford a house are to maintain him or herself on their own without the aid from the government agencies one out of every ten elderly person is now living in deep poverty.
Some problems are overcrowded/understaffed hospitals and it requires you to use healthcare plans that are often general and cannot always serve a specific individual. Despite some negative aspects of nursing, they usually are the ones who care and look after the sick patients the most. They’re the ones who do majority of the “dirty work” as
In 2000, 35 million of the United States population was over 65 years of age, and by 2030 the figure is expected to reach 71.5 million older Americans. “Demographically, the coming generation of elderly Americans- the baby boomers- were themselves the pioneers in the great changes that have transformed family life over the past several decades, and their ageing is one of the most anticipated demographic events of this century” (Population Reference Bureau, 2010). With the continued advancement in medicine Americans are living longer. And, it appears that “while the number of Americans without medical insurance is high, the number without any insurance against the cost of long term care is far greater (Population Reference Bureau, 2010).” Ageism is a social attitude. Ageism is also part of attitudes where people believe that older adults can be treated in demeaning ways.
According to Administration on Aging, the older population persons 65 years or older numbered 39.6 million in 2009 represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. Marshall and Altpeter (2005) have acknowledged by 2005, with the ageing of the baby boomers, the number of older adults ages 65 and older will triple, and the proportion of the 85 plus age group will increase to about five percent of the total population. The fastest growing age group in the United States is the elderly. So what is ageism? Dr. Robert Butler, a renowned gerontologist and the first director of the National Institute on Aging in the USA, originally defined ageism in 1969 as stereotyping and discrimination against people because they are old (McGuire, Klein, & Chen 2008).
The purspose of the visit was to deliver a bad news to husband that his wife’s health condition took worst over the night in the hospital. In this case, waiting was not possible because the news had to be delivered immediately. This made me feel awkward and uncomfortable being around the family and I found it difficult to know what to say to him as I was unclear of his wife diagnosis. I had discussed with nurse about the diagnosis and asked GP for permission to look at the record notes from hospital. After all that, we went to the house.
GERIATRIC NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF EMERGENCY NURSES XXXX XXXXXX For CCC GGGGG BSN May 23, 2011 The Emergency Department (ED) is the entry point into the health care system for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported increasing ED visits with the greatest increase being among individuals 65 years of age and older. If the trend continues, ED visits in the United States for the geriatric population could reach as many as 11.7 million visits by 2013 (Roberts, McKay & Shaffer, 2007, p. 769-74). Up to 27% of older adults discharged home from the ED experience revisit, hospitalization, or death within three months after discharge (Hwang & Morrison, 2007, p. 873-876). Also a survey conducted of older patients discharged from an inner-city ED revealed that most believed that ED staff were not attentive to their questions or needs (Nerney, Chin, Jin, Karrison, Walter, Miliken, Miller, Hayley & Friedmann, 2001, p. 140-145).
When we talk of age discrimination in a work place, this is generally where someone has missed out on the opportunity to get a job on the grounds of their age, whether they are thought of as too old or too young. The Age Discrimination Act 2006 requires that all employment practices are based on skills and competences, rather than the age of the person. Not only does this policy have rules regarding getting employed, it has rules that must be followed when the employee is working. So, if an individual feels that they are being treated differently because of their age, they are able to make a complaint against that staff member/colleague and/or sue them. A strength of the Age Discrimination act is that when employers are looking for new staff members, they will employ staff based on how suited they are to the job.
This is the potential usage in 1995. In order to project the numbers forward to 2000 (the date of product release), we must estimate population growth. The elderly population (65 and older), which currently receives 40% of all acute blood loss transfusions, is expected to double by 2030. Assuming linear growth, we can expect this age group to grow 14% by 2000. Similarly, the remaining adult population (under 65), which currently receives 60% of all acute blood loss transfusions, is expected to grow 5.9% by 2030 ((6 – 5.67) / 5.67 = 5.9%).