‘Last Vegas’ is a film about longtime friends Paddy, Archie, Billy, and Sam. They are four older men who reunite in Las Vegas to celebrate Billy’s upcoming marriage. While in Vegas they find themselves having to come to terms with issues related to losses in old age. The four main characters experience different variations of themes related to aging including fear, role loss, death of a spouse, loss of health, issues with informal caregiving, and issues with intimate relationships and friendships. The issue of losses in aging is a recurring theme found in aging theories, and this will be examined, along with coping and adjustments that are made related to role losses. Film Critique: Last Vegas The 2013 American …show more content…
Role Theory, an early theory in social psychology, based on the supposition that we are bound to concepts of ourselves expressed by the roles that we play in our lives, and that the loss of these roles affects how we age. In Last Vegas we see Paddy struggle with the loss of his role as husband and protector to his wife Sophie. Archie, also experiences the loss of his role as father and head of the family when his son begins to treat him like a child following a stroke. Difficulties in aging take place when our inner self perceptions, our needs and abilities do not blend with the commonly held age norms in society. Sam, Paddy, Billy and Archie reject the norms and losses associated with their age and roles, and their trip to Las Vegas for Billy’s wedding is a gesture of this rejection. When Paddy and Billy compete for the affections of Diana in Last Vegas, they are repeating a pattern of behavior that took place when they were boys. This behavior supports the Continuity Theory of aging, which suggests that people do not alter dramatically in personality or patterns of behavior as they age. Social Constructionism is an aging theory that insists that we internalize a diminished sense of self-worth in aging based on the ways in which others treat us. Stereotypes of older people as well as age norms shape one to believe in ultimately inform and dictate the way in which we treat older individuals. This treatment has little to do with the actual physical or cognitive ability of the older individual and merely reflects an accepted form of ageism. We see a form of defiance to what can be viewed as the greatest loss in aging; that of our individuality and uniqueness in character and
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McCourt uses humor and pathos to present the stereotypes of the drunken, dreaming father, the sad but strong-willed Irish mother, and the wayward, ignorant child through the characterizations of Malachy Sr., Angela, and young Frank McCourt. To begin, McCourt accurately portrays the stereotype of the drunken, dreaming father through his characterization of Malachy Sr. by using pathos to create an emotional connection with the
She points out facts about different methods of curing human imperfections, such as ageing, impotence and organ failures, and how the idea of ageing has evolved over the years: “old age was so rare in less-developed societies that people who achieved it were granted a certain amount of status and even a mystical cachet. Later, the elderly might have been mocked or isolated, but age was still not seen as an illness. It’s only in recent centuries, as old age has become more and more commonplace, that we have started to venerate youth; ageing is now associated not with fortunate longevity but with decrepitude and disease.” These facts introduce and support the idea that ageing is certainly a problem now compared to earlier in life and is in need of a cure. Zimmerman continues by presenting the effort of others, who are credited, who have put there life work into finding ways to better the effects of ageing, such as the San Quentin prison experiment involving the implanting of executed prisoners’ testis to promote “youth, health and vigour (Zimmerman 2014).”
The Brennans were a fairly well like family in Mumbilli. That was up until Daniel, the eldest son, crashed his car under the influence of alcohol that killed two of his friends and rendered his cousin Fin a quadriplegic. The Story of Tom Brennan follows the lives of Daniel’s family after the incident and the amount of pain and suffering they went through. The story has a heavy focus on Daniel’s younger brother and year eleven student Tom and his life with all of the torment and pain. “Everything we do in life affects others.”
He states there is hope for the aging population, a group that includes everyone living. Doctors are starting to recognize that not everyone can be cured and that some people just need comfort, kindness, attention, care and the chance to have a purpose during the rest of their
Solomons (2016) defined self-respect as an individual’s acceptance of self which forms the keystone on how he treats himself and allow others to treat him. With this, it seems that elderlies tend to have difficulty accepting the changes happening in later life. These changes can be reflected in their responses and predominantly focused in their susceptibility of having negative perception of their capabilities or qualities. It seems that they regard aging as a discontinuation process which denotes that they seem to describe their stage in life marked by diminish strength, health, ability and productivity. Some of their responses are: “Mahina na po ako, matanda na., Hindi ko na nagagawa ang dati kong ginagawa noon., Nabawasan na ang lakas ko., Nahihirapan na ako., and Hindi na ako aasenso hanggang dito na lang ako.”, which can be supported by the claim of Esteban (2015) who determined the idioms that Filipino elderlies use to describe and make sense of their experience of
Our culture values youth and strength over the wisdom of the elderly. However, in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” the reader gets a taste of how although youth vanishes, wisdom does not. In the story, an elderly woman named Phoenix travels the long journey to get medicine for her grandson, who died several years before the story begins. Her mind is failing, and when she meets other travelers as well as obstacles along the way, she stops to make conversation, even when the “traveler” turns out to be a scarecrow. She clearly made the journey many times before, as often her instinct is the only thing guiding her.
According to Daily Chart, “Over 5.8 million people die under the age of 18 every year in the whole world; 25% of those deaths are suicide, 30% are traffic accidents, 10% of them are violence, and 35% of them are other accidents” (Patton 1). The five stages of grief can be very hard to go through, that is why there are so many “under aged” deaths throughout the world. These relate to The Outsiders because greasers go through the stages of grief throughout the book. The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
As one begins to face life challenges, one’s maturity is put to the test. In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the speaker allows his ego to rise above him which ultimately causes the death of his brother. On the other hand, the speaker in “Shaving” by Leslie Norris acknowledges that his father is dying maturely steps up and takes his father’s role in the family. The speaker in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” has an immature response towards the death of his loved one and cannot cope with the reality of the situation. The speaker in each work has to rely on their maturity to lead them through the hardships life has to offer.
The media often reinforces two extreme stereotypes of older adults. One extreme stereotype shows the negative aspects by highlighting that old age is plagued by illness and a high dependence on others. The other extreme stereotype highlights the seniors that are doing exceptionally well by showing that they are completely independent, finally stable, and maintained a youthful look and persona. These portrayals do not represent the life challenges and successes of the mass majority of aging adults. Older adults are rarely represented in the media, so how they are represented truly matters to their overall image and approach to aging.
Theories of late adulthood development are quite diverse in later adulthood than at any other age. They include self-theory, identity theory and stratification theory. The self-theory tries to explain the core self and search to maintain one’s integrity and identity. The older adults tend to integrate and incorporate their various experiences with their vision and mission for their respective community (Berger, 2008). Also, the older people tend to feel that their attitude, personalities and beliefs have remained in a stable state over their lives even as they acknowledge that physical changes have taken place in their bodies.
The social environment is no more immune to the passage of time than is the human body” (Teas and Benignton, 1982, pg. 12). Teas and Benignton discuss the industrial and political world developed the idea that the old are less valuable employees then the youth (1982, pg.17). The late adulthood stage needs to express the importance of self-sufficiency, individualism, and even privacy in the psychosocial development. During this time in one’s life they are possibly experiencing great loss of individualism. Kaufman discusses the observation of family members of the elderly who feel they must be the decision
My older population observational hours allowed me to realize that the elderly are active members of society and have a lot of wisdom to offer to the younger generations. I got to listen to great stories from a great person that I met at a local restaurant. I wouldn’t have imagined the astonishing life experiences people from can go through and now more than ever, I feel grateful for my family and our wellbeing. Getting older is something to look forward to since it’s just a misconception that as you age, you lose your happiness. I now understand that getting older means having more time to enjoy hobbies and family, which bring true happiness to your life.
However in spite of this, Ben demonstrates our third class topic of positive successful aging. Ben offers a perfect example of how aging well can still have a positive effect on his own life, as well as that of others. Ben appears to proceed through his life experiences with an