Abstract “In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported.” (www.helpguide.org/mental/elder_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm) Our senior citizens eventually become feeble physically which means they are less likely to have the capability to fight off an attacker. Majority of elderly do not see, hear or think as soundly as they once had the competence to do, this leaves them vulnerable for immoral people to take full advantage of them. Elderly are being abused more than we know and often by those who are personably accountable for their care. Sadly, majority of the abuse comes directly from family members of the elderly patient. In 2010 according to research about ninety percent were family members of the person in need of care.
Dementia is severe loss of social and intellectual ability that interferes with their activities of daily living. There is about ten percent of the elderly population who suffer a type of dementia, in which many people will be a victim to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common causes of dementia in the elderly (Bassil & Grossberg, 2009). It affects an estimated 5.1 million people over the age of 65 and expected to increase by 2050 (Bassil & Grossberg, 2009). Those with this condition need extra assistance in
In result of this, this cause loads of deaths. To conclude the actions from the officers were a very important factor in causing a high death toll in World War One. This was mainly down to their naivety, ineptness and how out of touch they really were. There loss of seeing things for how they really were, was another reason why there army lost so many of their men. In some cases it seemed the army were being sent in blind, as the officers refused to change their old fashioned
2. Elder abuse is under-reported because victims are often afraid of retaliation. Because each victim is typically dependent upon the abuser. At the end of life, at a time when elders should be receiving gratitude and support for the contributions they have made to their families and their communities, the typical victim of elder abuse is cowering alone, afraid to disclose the shame and disgrace of the abuse and fearful that speaking out will cause the fist to come down even harder. III.
They face foreclosures and job losses due to the deepening recession. The impact of homelessness begins well before a child is born. The overwhelming majority of homeless parents are single women, many of whom were homeless themselves as children. Homeless women face many obstacles to healthy pregnancies, such as chemical abuse, chronic and acute health problems, and lack of prenatal care. Children born into homelessness are more likely to have low birth weights and are at greater risk of death.
Those that are willing and want to find available work find themselves unable to get job interviews (Cause and Effects of Unemployment Rakoczy, C 2009). Unemployment affects people psychologically and some of the problems they could have is short term and long-term memory loss. Some people begin to develop a lack of self-esteem and confidence when a person becomes unemployed, his or her confidence reduces and many times leads to lack of interest. Stress can also become a major obstacle while someone is unemployed the problem with stress is that it can become proportional to the time of unemployment. Having bad health can begin and you can begin to have physical effects on the body.
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.
A poignant recent example of the latter occurred in various Phoenix VA Health Care System facilities. It is estimated that as many as 40 veterans may have died due to a delay in providing them with care. There are millions of records missing, and the medical system is 250,000 pages behind. This may become a national scandal, with incidents also occurring at VA facilities in Miami, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh, among others. If it can be proved that the deaths of these veterans occurred due to medical malpractice or negligence, it provides an example of a typical wrongful death
These are all symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Defined by the Mayo Clinic, PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. The symptoms of this disorder can at times be so severe and painful that those affected by it often start ruining their health, their sanity, their families, and lose control of their lives. Official recognition of PTSD is fairly new, but history of combat-related stress goes as far back as the Civil War. During this war, soldiers were not deemed as “manly” if they succumbed to their traumatic
Mental Health Care for the Homeless Tania Brana Humanities 1533 Indian River State College Mental Health and the Homeless In 1981, when Ronald Regan became President, budget cuts led to a decline in services for the mentally ill leaving most patients with no other option but to become homeless. As budget cuts have mounted, both inpatient and community services for children and adults living with serious mental illness have been downsized or eliminated. In some states, entire hospitals have been closed; in others, community mental health programs have been eliminated (nami.org). Why isn’t there better health care for homeless people with mental health issues? Do we have a moral obligation to insist on better health care, or do the rights of the individual come first?