Describe changes that may come with ageing.
1. Changes can include physical, psychological, and social
As changes begin to happen in one area of a person’s life, most likely the other two will be affected as well.
Decrease in Physical Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility. Functioning of all body organs are not as efficient as before. Urinary incontinence , although this is not a normal part of ageing. Decline in the Senses,
Understand attitudes of society to older people
2. Older people can make lots of contributions towards society by giving knowledge from their life experiences, social and family histories, they shop, they use services (which employ people), and they pay taxes, They also volunteer; in fact, many organizations would be hard pressed to function without their older volunteers. They make more charitable donations per capita than any other age group, provide care for spouses or friends. They themselves become caregivers .They babysit, they look after grandchildren, so parents don't have to miss work because they couldn’t find alternatives?
Age discrimination ( any age ) is stereotyping individuals, treating them unfairly due to their age.
Societal attitudes and beliefs impact on a personal level,for example; an older person may be told that he or she is” too old” to engage in certain physical activities making them feel as thought they are no longer useful to society, causing depression and risks to their well being.
These discriminating and stereotypical attitudes can be diminished by being positive and supportive towards each individual to live their life in the way that is safe and with a person centred approach. Promote knowledge about how the people of a certain age can positively contribute to today's society.
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