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Late Adulthood and the Death of an Individual

Examine ageism and stereotypes associated with late adulthood

- evaluate how individuals can promote health and wellness into late adulthood and mitigate the negative effects of aging
- analyze the importance of relationships and social interactions as an individual nears end of life
- identify cultural and personal attitudes about death and dignity in late adulthood

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Ageism refers to the prejudice that many younger people have about the elderly. It fosters a stereotype of the elderly that makes it hard to see them for themselves. By allowing policies and attitudes that discourage the elderly from working and taking part in leisure activities it prevents older people from leading their lives in a positive way. Ageism can also isolate older people socially lessening their ability to contribute to the whole community and perpetuating the fear of aging in the young.
One of the main reasons for the prevalence of ageism in the United States is the culture's emphasis on growth,strength and progress. Also for many people interaction with the elderly is a reminder of their own mortality. As a result they develop prejudices against the old as a way of denying an avoiding the thought of their own decline and death. Another factor that reinforces ageism is the increasing age segregation of society, limiting contact between the generations. Decreasing numbers of Americans live in multigenerational families, and increasing numbers of neighborhoods, workplaces and voluntary organizations tend to involve one age group of adults over others. This limits contact contact between the older and younger generations and gives younger people little chance to compare the myths and the realities of old age. Also contributing to ageism is the human tendency to generalize about any group on the basis of its most noticeable members often those who attract attention because they belong to a problem prone minority. This ageist sterotype is based on the elderly people who ...

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The following solution is an analysis of how individuals can remain healthy late in life, the importance of social relationships and interactions and this time and finally, cultural and personal attitudes toward's one's twilight years. 1055 words with 1 reference.