The Quality Of Life And The Age Of An American

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There is a very prevalent negative correlation associated with the quality of life and the age of an American. In the article Challenging Aging Stereotypes Strategies for Creating a More Active Society, the authors tackle common misconceptions and stereotypes associated with aging. As our world of medicine continues to change and we experience advances in medical technology and treatments it is hard not to take notice of the fact that the older population is often overlooked for different treatments and preventative measures. The very reason for this is due to the stereotypes associated with an aging population and these stereotypes prove to be harmful to health across the entire life span. Addressing this issue is so important because health promotion and the quality of life must improve for our aging population (Martin, 1991). If we continue to overlook this issue we will see tremendous set backs in not only the overall well-being of the elderly, but also a deterioration of cognitive skills as well as physical skills (Hawkins, Hoffman, Mockenhaupt, Ory & Sanner, 2003). The longevity of life is only increasing in the United States. Today one in eight Americans are aged 65 or older (Hawkins, Hoffman, Mockenhaupt, Ory & Sanner, 2003). With more and more people beginning to live lives well into their 80s we are starting to see an increase in ageism, or the discrimination against people because they are old. Ageism is where you see a lot of the stereotypes about the elderly
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