Views on Ageism
Aging is considered to be a physiological process of change which starts from birth and continues until death. The World Health Organization accepts the age of 65 and over as the period of agedness in chronological terms (World Health Report 1998). In the present day, problems related to the aged and the aging periods have started to occupy the world countries’ agenda more and more (Yılmaz, & Zeyneloğlu, S. 2012.). For, along with the fall in birth rates, improvement in nutrition conditions, development in basic health services and the control of contagious diseases since the beginning of the 20th century the number of people who have reached old age has been gradually increasing (George, Branch, & Harris 2005.). As a consequence of this, in the 21st century countries are at risk of high population aging and the accompanying problems. The idea of aging is feared by many because older adults often are ignored. It is believed that the reality of ageing and death often is denied because people secretly cherish a belief in their own immortality. Ageing threatens the ideology of rugged independence, and many people regard growing older as something that happens to other people and not to them. Yet ageism permeates all areas of society. How we view the older people of our society in America is unique. The thought of changing our current lives and aging frightens us. We fear getting old, from face-lifts and tummy tucks, to ageless makeup, we work tirelessly to set the clock back. Everything from our TV shows to our movies and music display a growing need for youthfulness, a fear or aging and death. This is so very different from many other cultures around the world, who respect their elders, viewing them as the basis of wisdom of the years gone by. Ageism and age discrimination in the National Health Service is very likely to reflect ageism and age discrimination in society at large. There is evidence of direct and indirect age discrimination in the...
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