Issues of Ageism


Issuesof Ageism

Issuesof Ageism

Ageismis a social attitude and stereotype towards a group of people becauseof their age. The negative attitude towards the aging people on thequality of services rendered by nurses has triggered interest amongscholars (Liu, Norman, &amp While, 2013). Age-based stereotype hasnegatively affected the interactions among people resulting inprejudice and perceptions when applying for jobs or seeking medicalcare. However, demographic trends have contributed to the gradualincrease in the nurses and caregivers preference to care for theolder people. Medical practitioners’ have stereotype perceptions onthe illness suffered by certain demographic groups and are quick tojudge patients before examining them properly.

Iagree with Raquel Rulloda that ageism is a problem affecting thecontemporary society. The older generation believes that it comprisesof people full of wisdom while the younger people are assumed to besuspicious and dishonest (Schniter &amp Shields, 2014). In theclinical setting, the nurses believe that elderly patients aresuffering from acute diseases before subjecting them to tests. As aresult, the older patients receive inappropriate treatment by thecaregivers who patronize them and are not willing to listen to theirneeds and opinions (Legace, Tanguay, Lavalee, Laplane&amp Robichaud,2012).

Iagree with Mathew Kosak that ageism is manifested in most aspects oflife including employment and health care. As people grow older,their need for medical care increases. Since most of the elderlypeople depend on government insurance, the country decides on theservices and treatment methods to provide. As a result, most patientsare discriminated and denied certain medical treatment and proceduresbecause of their age (Capezuti, Kagan, Happ, &amp Mion, 2012). In myopinion, it is sometimes frustrating when dealing with elderlypatients however, most of then depend on government insurance and ascaregivers, we must take good care of them regardless of the socialperceptions.


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