Aging and Disability
May 11, 2013
Aging and Disability are two concerns that we as a society should have at all times. Are these types of minorities looking at changes then they are used to? I would have to say “yes” they are looking at less job opportunities, more advanced technology that was not there at their time of growing up, to less people taking into consideration those who are disabled. Aging and Disability
Aging is defined as the process of growing old or developing the appearance and characteristics of old age. And disability is defined as having a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activity. I feel that these two things are important parts of our generation, the way these people are treated show us what we should expect in the future. Do we want this for our future? I would have to say “NO” and in order for this not to happen to us when we hit old age or heaven forbid we become disabled in some way, we have to make changes now and the only way to do that is to better understand these two minorities. We need to be their voices and show them that we are fighting for them just as much as they are fighting for themselves. Part I
Identify two or three issues faced by the aging population.
1) Social Isolation
Answer the following questions in 100 to 200 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
* What is ageism? How does ageism influence the presence of diversity in society?
Ageism is defined as prejudice and discrimination against older people. Schafer writes that for the ageist, elderly persons reflect the image of disease, death, and dying as well as a reminder that we will all be old one day. (2012, pp. 395-396). Another stereotype of the elderly is that they are slow and mentally dysfunctional. All of this is further emphasized by society’s fixation with youth and...