Elderly as a Vulnerable Population Research Paper by Nicky

Elderly as a Vulnerable Population
An exploration of age related vulnerabilities as healthcare and security concern.
# 145475 | 2,982 words | 17 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Sociology (Welfare) , Psychology (General) , Aging (General)

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This paper explores the vulnerabilities of the elderly, that include physical, social and cultural and psychological vulnerabilities. The first describes the decline in elderly people's bodily senses and functioning and how this can make them vulnerable. Then, the paper deals with the social issues such as low income, poor housing and lack of family as well as cultural stereotypes such as ageism, that make the elderly more vulnerable. Finally, the paper addresses psychological vulnerabilities that can include depression and anxiety. This paper contains tables.

Physical Vulnerabilities
Social and Cultural Vulnerabilities
Psychological Vulnerabilities

From the Paper:

"On the other hand it is also true that prospects for the elderly have improved considerably since approximately the middle of the Twentieth Century. This includes aspects such as improved medical research, which has provided the elderly with more positive health and healthcare possibilities. There is also the fact that in the majority of developed countries the elderly are in a position to enjoy old age more, with easier access to modern amenities and technology. This is also helped by an increasing emphasis in many sectors on learning and personal development after retirement.
However, despite these more positive aspects, the elderly and senior citizens in countries like the United States and Canada are still vulnerable to many facets of society and life in general. This vulnerability can include physical and health dangers as well as a myriad of psychological and socio-cultural aspects which may cause the elderly to be more susceptible to depression, crime and abuse and many other variables.
"There are, for example, many reports of elderly abuse within families and from other sectors of society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abuse of the elderly. Retrieved February 10, 2009, from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2002/9241545615_chap5_eng.pdf
  • Ageism: Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Retrieved February 10, 2009, fromhttp://www.cnpea.ca/ageism.htm
  • Barer M. and Hertzman C. ( 1972) On Being Old and Sick: The Burden of Health Care for the Elderly in Canada and the United States. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 17(4), pp.763-782.
  • Brownell P., Welty A., Brennan M. Elder Abuse and Neglect. Retrieved February 10, 2009, from http://www.aging.state.ny.us/explore/project2015/artabuse.htm
  • Callahan, D. (1999, July). Still with Us. The American Prospect, 74. Retrieved February 10, 2009, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001265734

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