Public Policies Of A Public Policy

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Question 1
Bugental and Hehman explain that even though public policies may have good intentions, they unintentionally create a subtle bias about the capabilities of older adults. These biases can be related to possible limitations or could cause them to seem more dependent on others than they really are.
One example of a public policy that perpetuates ageism is guardianship policies, particularly when they are not designed well or are poorly monitored. For instance, some states consider "advanced age" as a determining factor of an individual 's competence. This could result in the older adult 's independence being limited unfairly. Guardianship arrangements that are not properly monitored have resulted in elder abuse and neglect. These type of policies allow an older adult 's human rights to be violated and only exist as a result of assumptions about the limitations of older adults.
Another example of public policy that perpetrates ageism are policies related to driving. Denying an older adult a driver 's license, effectively limits their access to things outside the home. This has an effect on practical aspects of their life as well as psychological. Policies that justify these limitations may be based on statistics showing a higher crash rate or on the fact that older drives show decreased reaction time, peripheral vision, etc. Rather than imposing limitations based on age, hazardous road conditions that create a risk to drives, but especially older drivers, could be
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