After spending an afternoon interviewing my elderly father-in-law, I gained insight into how he perceives the aging process and the impact on the quality of his life. First, and foremost he viewed aging in a very positive and healthy manner. He believes that a positive attitude assists in accepting physical and psychosocial changes and enjoyed the fact that he and his wife are both physically fit and cognitively alert. He felt confident that advances made in health care and the quality of their lives would continue to be empowering. He enjoys the benefits of being a senior citizen including discounted travel, free education, and other incentives marketed towards seniors. He expressed a sense of well-being with respect to the numerous
The debate topic centered on what is more important in aging mental or physical health. On one side of the debate is the premise that mental health is the key factor in aging successful. The opposing side holds that physical health is the key factor. Both arguments confirm that the relationship is reciprocal but they differ in regards to which one occurs first. That is, does mental health cause physical decline or vice versa.
“The term ‘aging out’ refers to children within a state’s foster care system who are still in the system upon reaching the age of majority or when they have graduated from high school” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). Many of these children “have not found permanency with an adoptive family … or they have not been able to return to their biological parents” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). A child typically ages out at 18 years, “but some states have extended services beyond this age because so many young adults are just not ready to be thrust out into the world on their own at such a young age” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). If a foster parent chooses to continue parenting the foster child once they have aged out of the system, they are able to as long as the foster youth is okay with this. If an individual continues fostering a child, they will no longer receive money from the state.
In Chapter 15: Aging and the Elderly, the U.S. birth rate has been falling for more than a century. It happens because children are more likely to survive into adulthood, and so couple have fewer children. As more women work outside the home, they choose to have fewer children. Greater material wealth and advances in medicine have raised living standards so that people benefit from better housing and more nutrition. The oldest segment of the U.S. population, is increasing rapidly and is already forty times greater than in 1900.
The 1960’s was an important era in the development of Canada. The 60s youth had very different ideas on life compared to previous generations. Unlike their parents, the hippie generation didn’t enjoy the booming prosperity of Canada and preferred to take a different route in life. Young men grew out their hair and refused to wear suits, while the women burned their bras, and wore flowers in their hair. Many of the primary values were inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s ideas of racial harmony and non-violent protests. The 60s focused on peace and civil rights. Music was commonly used to promote these ideas and created the concept of music festivals called "love-ins", which is simply where people gathered and sang abound world peace. Popular
Racism is the belief that one certain race is superior to another considering that race to be less than them, and are therefore are discriminated, stereotyped, and antagonized against. Racism has been known and experienced all throughout history. It has been a constant battle, and unfortunately it is still very current in today’s times. Recently in the world today, there have been several stories regarding racism and shootings, and in the article “Feds fault San Francisco police for violence against minorities and recommend 272 reforms” it strongly focuses on this issue. It’s a tragic thing for cops to be considered racist when they are supposed to be the protectors of our nation. In the article, it states how federal officials made 272 separate recommendation for reform, which would help train and advice the officers on their duties. These recommendations are taken daily by the San Francisco Police Department in
There may come a time in your loved one's life when they are no longer able to perform all of the tasks they used to without assistance. Despite their need for support, your senior loved one may decide they want to remain at home and enjoy their independence and freedom. While nursing homes and assisted living facilities serve a certain segment of the population quite well, others enjoy the quality of life that comes from living in their own home. For families that are able to provide the necessary care, arrangements can be made to make this work. Others, however, are left wondering how their senior loved one is going to receive the service and support they require to remain safe. Thankfully,
In America we have very many ways people deal with their older relatives. Normally people put them in nursing homes or care facilities. I personally believe we should hold our elders in high regard. The older generations have seen and been through a lot of history, and have a lot of wisdom. Those who simply do not care about their older relatives are making a huge mistake.
I found the most recent state plan on aging at http://www.dea.ri.gov/documents/RIDEA%20State%20Plan%20on%20Aging%20October%201%202015%20to%20September%2030%202019.pdf. The Older Americans Act requires states to submit this plan every four years and it provides updates on legislation and activities were done over the past time period to support older adults, as well as give updates on what will be worked on in the future. It is sent to the State of Rhode Island to ensure policies are up-to-date and will provide the best care for this population. This is necessary in order for taxpayers to see where their money is going and how the RI DEA is planning to care for the older adult population. Otherwise, without this document, the department
For this older adult report, I interviewed a friend’s grandfather who is the age of 67 years old. The first question was asked about the client’s diet and how it changed from 40-50’s to now, the client stated that he has hypertension, high cholesterol and asthma; to improve his health he wanted to change his diet. From around the age of 40-50’s, the client’s diet consists of jasmine white rice for every meal, fried foods, sugary drinks, and unmonitored sodium intake. During those years, he was working 3rd shift and was too busy in cooking meals, that most of his meal are fast food. Culturally, white rice is a norm in every meals and meals with salt and sodium are expected to be added for flavors. After the client found about his health, he
Assessing and planning care of the elderly is important in enabling the older adult to have the best quality of life in their later years. Understanding their views on living day to day with what they hold dear, will help in planning care for the older person. In this paper, I will interview an older adult and describe various details as well as cultural relations surrounding my interviewed individual. I will perform functional assessments using the Tinetti, Katz, Home Safety, and Barthel tools, which will be included in the Appendix. I will compare any age-related changes and identify more than six preliminary issues that need to be addressed. Lastly, I will propose more than three alterations and
For this paper, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my friend’s grandmother. Her name is Jamie Hansen and she is a healthy and active 68-year-old grandmother. In the beginning of the phone call, I asked some basic background knowledge questions such as how many grandkids she has and if she was a widower or not. I found out that she and her husband are happily married and that she has six grandchildren. As I got to know her more I started asking questions that pertained to the interview aspect of social theories. I figured out that Mrs. Hansen’s responses led to an application of the continuity and socioemotional selective theories.
Ageism can be noticed at all levels of society but I do believe that there is a strong positive trend towards senior empowerment. One example of this occurred at a public pool near my house. In addition to swimming classes, lane swimming was added; the pool is split into 3 lanes based on speed. This allows individuals of all ages to participate in any lane they see fit. So an older individual can choose to swim in the fast, leisure or slow lane without facing ageism and disturbing others. Another good example of positive support towards older people is Toronto Transit Commissions (TTC). When I commute using the TTC positive support is expressed by all individuals by giving up their seat for seniors, pregnant women and people with disabilities.
At seventy-five years old I imagine my life to be vibrant and multidimensional. I looked at the realities of my relatives at this age including my grandparents and parents to give me a better idea of what my life might look like. The people who were alive at this age were healthy some still road horses or climbed mountains, and my father still bikes long distances at 73. So I see myself as very active, both in the outdoors, as well as the community. I see my life I think I will continue traveling often and volunteering. At this moment I am unsure where I will be living, possibly overseas. I know I will be in close contact with friends and family. I am choosing to see my life as healthy as the family members
Upon starting this Gerontology course, I was overwhelmed with the course expectations, having to complete an Older Adult Review project, weekly discussion board posts and comments with precise APA format (which I was horrible at) and lots of supplemental reading to fulfill the learning outcomes of this course. Nevertheless, I overcame all those obstacles and have obtained newfound knowledge of what it is like to age, firsthand, coming from one of my favorite patients which has cleared many of the stereotypes I had on the geriatric population. Thanks to this course and interviews with Mary, I have a better understanding of the geriatric population which will benefit my future career as a Registered Nurse.