The Aging Population Of U.s.

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Population ageing is currently one of the most significant demographic trends and becoming a worldwide problem especially among the elderly who are often the most recognized and forgotten group in this analysis. Significant demographic trends concerning the aging population of U.S. from 1950 to 2050 (JACOBSEN). They are recognized as the ’elder’ the wisest, and perhaps the most knowledgeable about life and its experiences. This population however, is forgotten in terms of the respect and value it once contributed to society. And in today’s world this group is often marginalized because of age. The older they get, the more useless they become in the eyes of society and thus this attitude viewed towards the elderly leads to neglect and abuse. They are therefore excluded from the active participation, and decision making in society. This isolated group is thus discriminated against on the basis of age and gender which can be referred to factors such as ageism and sexism. Nevertheless, these factors not only attribute to elder abuse but are viewed differently within subcultures. Therefore, it is important to examine why elder abuse occurs and what are its consequences in the context of human rights agenda.

When examining elder abuse, one has to first understand its terminology. However, its terminology has not been easily defined by the researchers since the term ‘elder abuse’ can be referred to many forms of abuse. "Abandonment," "mental anguish," "exploitation," "neglect,"…

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