Abuse Miscare and Alienation of Elders

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World, depicts society at its “optimal state” placed in an alternate past, moving into the near future, the society Huxley creates has no need or want for the effects of aging or elders; and it seems that today as a society neither do we. While you don’t commonly see physical abuse in the case of senior citizens , The Psychological Abuse of the Elderly – a Silent Factor of Cardiac Decompensation published by Maedica – a Journal of Clinical Medicine shows the effects of the phycological abuse of senior patients its relation to direct and indirect physical violence, negligence, abandonment, and financial exploitation. Ageism and Bias in the American Workplace by Linda Barrington explores the further sense of obsolescence that’s being made of Elders by exploring ageism and bias in workplaces in the U.S. Barrington explains the tendency of employers to hire younger aged managers, unintentionally increasing the likelihood for older workers to remain unemployed, subsequently having nothing to add to the workforce thus nothing to society.

Authors José Miguel Latorre Postigo and Rigoberto López Honrubia’s paper The Co-residence of Elderly People with Their Children and Grandchildren expresses the social perception of the advantages and drawbacks of coresidence with elderly people and establish the differences in this perception amongst the coresiding generations. There are six identifiable types of elder abuse, and physical abuse is not the majority. The Psychological Abuse of the Elderly – a Silent Factor of Cardiac Decompensation published by Maedica – a Journal of Clinical Medicine emphasize the causes of cardiac decompensation, the cases this study was based on, are most commonly non-compliance with treatment. Among all forms of abuse, the psychological and emotional abuse is most frequently associated with a high risk of morbidity and mortality as well as an increased rate of healthcare services use, thus increasing the costs in the medical system and significantly decreasing the response to treatment. Non-Compliances and the prolonging of hospitalizations will cause a rise in the cost of healthcare and a patient’s lack of self-confidence which may lead to social isolation, somatization, anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts.

“There are multiple factors leading to non-adherence, and their identification is mainly related not only to the doctor’s ability to conduct an anamnesis of both the patient and his/her caregivers, but also to the accuracy of the geriatric assessment, because the latter can detect neurocognitive disorders, malnutrition, deterioration of the degree of independence related to carrying out activities of daily living, depression, sensorial deficiencies, and marks of an abuse, all of these being potential causes for therapeutic non-compliance,” taken from Maedica – a Journal of Clinical Medicine’s paper shows; The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index Questionnaire, a geriatric assessment,can and has detected several types of abuse: abandonment, negligence and financial abuse. An assessment of patients shows a deterioration of mental and nutritional status and a spike on the likelihood of depression. Studies have continuously shown how employers and hiring managers are not unbiased in evaluating job applicants and are biased about demographic characteristics in recruiting and performance reviews. Ageism and Bias in the American Workplace by Linda Barrington shares this information and adds, in a field study, employers were over 40 percent more likely to call a female job candidate for an interview if the high school graduation date on the resume signaled the job candidate was younger rather than older. More research shows assertiveness appears to be interpreted more negatively when the assertive person is older.

Barrington exclaims on the fact that “Despite the ADEA’s outlawing of age discrimination almost fifty years ago, the trend of age-related workplace discrimination charges filed with the EEOC is discouraging, but not unexpected. According to new analysis of EEOC discrimination charge data, there is an upward trend in the number of age-related discrimination charges” Showing that Agism is on the rise, no matter the illegality of it in America. In 2014, 45 percent of unemployed 55 to 64 year-olds were reported as unemployed long term, versus 33 percent of 25 to 34 year olds. Over the past thirty-five years, unemployed people who are ages 55 years or older has grown to include the past percentage of 35 to 44 year olds and 45 to 54 year-olds combined, which is a rough 80 percent. Coresidence can be a source of conflict among different generations. José Miguel Latorre Postigo and Rigoberto López Honrubia’s state in their paper The Co-residence of Elderly People with Their Children and Grandchildren. This paper lays out the facts that, adults had the most negative perception of coresidence with elderly people, “Relationships between elderly parents and their adult children are often tense; this is due to the need for care and to cognitive deterioration, for example. Informal caregiving for dependent elderly persons generates stress in the caregivers themselves,” Rather than coreside with younger generations, elderly people would prefer to grow old in their own home with some support and protection from their family. This isnt always possible due to financial, availability and caregiving constraints.

According to the Report on Ageing in Spain, mentioned in Miguel Latorre Postigo and Rigoberto López Honrubia’s paper, one out of four think that young people are inconsiderate towards older people. Individually, when asked, 90 percent of young people considered that they had a good relationship with elderly people, and 83 percent thought the rest of young people did not have a good relationship with elderly people. Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World, depicts society at its “optimal state” placed in an alternate past, moving into the near future, the society Huxley creates has no need or want for the effects of aging or elders; and it seems that today as a society neither do we. While you don’t commonly see physical abuse in the case of senior citizens , The Psychological Abuse of the Elderly – a Silent Factor of Cardiac Decompensation published by Maedica – a Journal of Clinical Medicine shows the effects of the phycological abuse of senior patients its relation to direct and indirect physical violence, negligence, abandonment, and financial exploitation. Ageism and Bias in the American Workplace by Linda Barrington explores the further sense of obsolescence that’s being made of Elders by exploring ageism and bias in workplaces in the U.S. Barrington explains the tendency of employers to hire younger aged managers, unintentionally increasing the likelihood for older workers to remain unemployed, subsequently having nothing to add to the workforce thus nothing to society. Authors José Miguel Latorre Postigo and Rigoberto López Honrubia’s paper The Co-residence of Elderly People with Their Children and Grandchildren expresses the social perception of the advantages and drawbacks of coresidence with elderly people and establish the differences in this perception amongst the coresiding generations.

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