D2- Evaluate the Influence of Two Major Theories of Ageing on Health and Social Care Provision.

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Health and social care level 3- Unit 4-
D2- Evaluate the influence of two major theories of ageing on health and social care provision.
During the aging process, the elderly may take different approaches to aging and may apply to different theories of aging such as the disengagement theory and the activity theory. All elderly individuals will deal with aging in different ways, they may wish to stay active or they may wish to disengage themselves due to depression or they may be unable to deal with the processes of becoming older. Both of these theories of aging have completely different thoughts and views of the aging process.
There are many services which are available to the elderly population, these services are usually provided to
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Senior Centres- The centres act as a social gathering and networking place for seniors who are able to function on an independent basis. Social, cultural and recreational activities are usually offered. These may also include day trips, matinees at the theatre, communal meals, health screenings, volunteer opportunities and even legal and financial services. Generally speaking services are free or available at a low nominal fee to all participants.
These services are great for elderly people to get out and enjoy themselves, interact and gather with friends. Many elderly people do not go anywhere due to lack of transport or people to go with, so this will help the elderly people have days out and have events to look forward to.
Transportation-Some cities and communities provide special transportation for seniors. Volunteers may drive their own cars and assist in transporting them to doctors, treatments, supermarkets, senior centres, childcare centres, etc. Other services might be van pickups, sponsored by the City. One such example is "Access-A-Ride." If the program is funded it may be offered free or for a small, nominal fee.
Lack of transportation can sometimes force an elderly people to disengage. They may be unable to attend health meetings, appointments, to see family members etc. This can affect the elderly individuals as this could have an impact on their mental and physical health as they will disengage and no longer…