AGEISM IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
1. In our book it states that ageism is the tendency to categorize and judge people solely on the basis of their chronological age. Ageism is like racism and sexism. The book also states that elderspeak is a condescending way to speak to older adults that resembles baby talk. The younger generation has a tendency to use elderspeak when they talk to an elderly person. The society uses agesim on a daily basis. For example if you seen an elderly person driving based on their age some people are already making remarks because they are driving slower than the speed limit. In the nursing home I hear elderspeak used everyday mostly with the young aides who are just coming out of high school. What can we do to limit the use of elderspeak? What can we do about ageism?Click here for more on this paper…….
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2. There are so many things that the elderly are doing in contemporary society in order to remain active and have a fulfilling life. One of these things is working. The textbook discusses on pages 537-538 the fact that, while some people are working over 65 because of financial reasons, others are working for the personal fulfillment they get from their job. The work may be paid, or volunteer. Unfortunately, ageism discourages volunteering in late adulthood, as well as fosters the idea that retirees will fall prey to the negative aspects of retirement. I see many positives to older people working, most of which are listed in the textbook, but also see some potential negatives.
What do you think about over-65s in the workforce (originally and after reading the text)? How much did ageism affect your original view? What are some ways that we can improve working and volunteer conditions for older Americans?