Issues Affecting the Aged

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Issues Affecting the Aged By late adulthood none of us can dispute the physical signs of aging. As Erikson and colleagues (1986) have noted, “As the overall tonus of the body begins to sag and innumerable inner parts call attention to themselves through malfunction, the aging body is forced into a new sense of invalidness…The elder is obligated to turn attention from more interesting aspects of life to the demanding requirements of the body” (p. 309). In the United States, a substantial amount of elderly adults do function reasonably effectively. But physical impairment does usually accompany the elderly. It should be noted that it is important to distinguish between normal physical changes of aging from physical changes caused…show more content…
Silent Cultures Cambodians-Death faced by family in quiet, passive manner. Iranians-may pray or cry softly at bedside but will control noise level to provide patient with peace. Emotive Cultures Arab-Americans-Family’s grief is frequently open loud, and uncontrollable. Colombians-may cry uncontrollably and loudly; women may be hysterical. Cubans-public expression of emotion common. Ethiopeans & Eritreans-May cry loudly and uncontrollably at time of death. Women may tear their clothes and beat their chests until they become sick with grief. Men permitted to cry out loud and shed tears. Filipinos-may cry loud and uncontrollably. Haitians-may cry uncontrollably and hysterically. Koreans-may cry, chant, pray and burn incense. Mexican-Americans-wailing is a sign of respect. Puerto Ricans-Loud and unmanageable crying or thunderous talking to God is very common. Some might feel faint, nauseated, or experience physical illness. Vietnamese-may start crying loudly and uncontrollably American-Indians don’t fall as neatly into either of these two categories. Sadness and mourning are done in private, away from the patient while the patient is still alive. However, once the patient dies, wailing, shrieking and other signs of grieving may also occur (Death Maiden, 2005). Aging and the inevitability of death can be a natural process or complex and difficult. Unfortunately, I am
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