The Need for Compassion Essay by Primo

The Need for Compassion
This paper examines the problems that face elderly Americans in today's society.
# 5651 | 1,935 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Sociology (Social Work) , Aging (Gerontology) , Sociology (General)

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This paper addresses the needs of the elderly in American Society. Using a book by Tracy Kidder called "Old Friends" the reader of this paper is given a detailed outline of various elderly concerns. Social relationships, doctors and patient needs as well as nursing home discussions are all included.

From the Paper:

"Medical science has grown in leaps and bounds over the last century. Today, we are living longer than ever before and we are having a premium quality of life while doing so. Doctors are able to mend and cure problems that would have killed us even 50 years ago. With the increased longevity, comes a new set of problems for society as the geriatric population finds growing in numbers each year. While it is encouraging that we can now incorporate long-range plans for our lives well into our golden years, the ability to do so comes with its own set of trouble. Senior citizens are faced with limited incomes, failing health and the need to be cared for as the years advance. In addition, many of their social contacts disappear as their peers either die or move to other areas to be taken care of by their children."

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