Stigma And Aging: A Case Study

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Getting old is something that happens to all of us, it means confronting many psychological, physiological emotional and social issues that come with entering the last phase of life; as people approach the end of life, changes occur and challenges arise because of increased dependency and isolation that can lead to different psychosocial problems. Among Filipino older adult, Carlos (1999) claims that they experiences abuse in terms of physical, psychological, and financial. Physical abuse comes in the form of intentional pain such as bruises, sprain, fracture and lacerated wounds that has been healed or pain inflicted by their primary caregivers which can lead to physical trauma. In terms of emotional abuse comes in the form of verbal assault such as degradation, coercion and social isolation which can cause psychological distress leading to depression. When it comes to financial abuse Lindayag (2013) claims that it is usually arises from their monthly…show more content…
Stigma and ageism can be defy because of thier capacity to contribute to the society. Elderly is being devalued because of different stereotypes being labeled to them such as: being frail, memory loss, wrinkled skin, and functional impairment that can affect their self perception leading to depression, low self esteem, and confidence as claim by Dobbs, et al., (2007). Ideally older adult should experience the perks of life instead of experiencing negative consequences of aging. Enjoying the availment of benefits of being an older adult in a society that once he or she served during his productive days. Growing old gracefully whether it is physical appearance, wisdom, imparting knowledge to the younger generation, being respected by the society, and being satisfied with life is a sign of healthy aging Cheng & Low

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