The Elder Age

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Discrimination and stigmas are also social problems related to ageism. Many view the elderly in a negative light. Most assume the elderly are incapable, senile beings, when in reality, this isn’t true. There are different stages of elderly, the “young-old” and the “old-old”. The young-old are considered those between the ages of 65 and 75. These individuals are still active and healthy individuals who are capable of many things. The “old-old” are those who are about the age of 75, frail, and need assistance (Jug 2018). The labeling and stigmas surrounding the elderly force these individuals into retirement. In many cases, they are coerced through benefit packages. This is certainly a problem because it adds to the issue of labor shortage,…show more content…
However, the most sustainable are ones that will remove stigmas and help to integrate the elderly into society. Many have different theories as to what type of solutions should occur. One theory is the disengagement theory, which pushes for “older people to disengage from their previous roles and to take on roles more appropriate to their physical and mental decline” (Saylor). This theory takes on a very functionalist perspective. The next theory that is suggested is the Active theory. This approach pushes for older people to remain active and as a result, they will benefit themselves and their society. Finally, there is the Conflict theory. This is where older people are “devalued” and are considered no longer useful to society…show more content…
There are many ways that the public sector can help to keep the older generations active. For instance, companies can allow part-time work, create flex-hours, or job sharing opportunities. Another important solution to keeping the older generation working longer is by establishing training opportunities. Many old folks struggle because they are unaware of the new technology or new business customs. Providing training to these individuals, showing them new skills, and teaching them how to adapt to this new culture will keep them active in their careers and society. According to the HuffingtonPost, “studies have found training those over 60 in the use of social networking sites increases cognitive ability and helps prevent feelings of seclusion and depression” (Buitléir 2016). I feel company training would provide the same type of results. Moreover, some people believe “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. However, this study disproves this assumption. Finally, the civil service sector must get involved. These individuals must not only advocate for the elderly, but they must create programs to help keep them active. These individuals are the ones who will help change the stigmas surrounding

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