Advantages and Disadvantages of Aging

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Aging
As an individual gets older there are physical and mental changes that will occur. It might start with grey hair, skin that appears dull looking, a line across the forehead that intensifies into a wrinkle or difficulty remembering even the smallest of things. With this shifting world around us; everyone has different thoughts and feelings about getting older. Some people are afraid to get older because of the numerous disadvantages while others anticipate it because of the plentiful advantages. This paper intends to demonstrate some of the advantages and disadvantages that come with the process of aging in individuals over the age of 65. There are a number of advantages of being old. I have not experienced living with an individual over the age of 65; however, I managed to interview my grandmother over the phone (Begum). Her name is Mehmooda Begum, a 72-year old woman and I asked her to list some of the advantages she feels she has at her age as compared to when she was young. She admits that life slows down and there’s more time to enjoy herself and her family (Begum). She said that she has more knowledge of just about everything than she ever did before, lots of respect from others, a large extended family of her descent and an old age pension (Begum). One gains a deeper meaning of life and learns to enjoy the things that are really important - spouse, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends (Begum). The positive features of aging can be viewed as time of increased knowledge of life, wisdom and great achievements that can be passed onto the younger generations. The last thing old individuals want is for someone to have to take care of them, and lose their independence. When we have loved ones that depend on us for nurturing and financial support it can be difficult contemplating leaving them behind. No one wants to think about all the health problems one would have to look forward to and all the doctors’ visits and pills that accompany these problems. Older adults nevertheless maintain a positive sense of well-being, an indicator of successful aging. Old individuals, especially those who are sixty five years old and above have the chance to be eligible for Medicare without having to pay for premiums. Senior citizens can avail of discounts for certain commodities. They are also given special lanes and special services/attention. After retirement, many like to go back to their homeland or move to the country side. And thus are the blood lines of many rural areas as they volunteer in community work and are essential in running the basic needs of the society. Baby sitting their grand children is also one of the important roles that many elderly choose to perform. Physical, psychological and economic vulnerability are the main drawbacks that older people have to face. Many physical changes associated with aging can affect productivity. There is decreased cardio respiratory functioning which leads to increased fatigue. This can reduce productivity in older workers, who may be relegated to more physically demanding tasks if they lack technical skills for more cognitive tasks. Dry hair, fatigue, hormonal changes, frail motor functioning and diseases are the disadvantages that are most apparent in older individuals.

Firstly, old individuals experience decreased shine, dryness, and dry brittle hair (Chapman, 2006). This is because the body’s natural oil production slows down as individuals age (Chapman, 2006). In fact, the aforementioned production of the body’s natural oil diminishes approximately ten percent (10%) for every ten years of life (Chapman, 2006). They may actually also experience thinning of the hair (Chapman, 2006). This especially occurs to women who are at the menopausal stage of their life; however, this may also be brought about by the alterations in hormonal levels, as well as, emotional or physical stress (Chapman, 2006). Add to the fact that it is natural...
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