Aging 2000: a challenge for society by Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)

By Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)

For age is chance at least formative years itself, although in one other costume, and because the night twilight fades away The sky is full of stars, invisible through day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus we are living in a society that remorselessly casts off those people who are too susceptible, mentally or bodily, to hold to the dizzy wheel of life - a society that worships the idols of good looks, formative years, and wealth while ruthlessly rejecting those that fall outdoor its slim criteria of acceptability, or exploitability. The aged are the newest sufferers of a man-made way of life that has a tendency to create synthetic difficulties. during this appreciate, we've a lot to profit from these primitive groups that proceed to revere their elders for the knowledge they've got got within the college of lifestyles, and that have but to make the doubtful development to a civilization that dismisses its senior individuals as senile outdated fools or a burden on taxpayers' money. it will be significant to warn constructing international locations of the risks of duplicating the blunders of the economic global - of which they see purely the superficial trappings that masks the iceberg of disillusionment beneath.

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Poland expects no changes for the worse or the better. Recommendations Almost all the international experts view the future housing problems of the elderly with alarm. Yet, few nations have specific policies or programs to deal with the coming difficulties. The family is seen as the best resource for the elderly. All countries, particularly the less developed ones, view "the preservation of the family", in the words of an expert from Kenya, as a necessity for the elders. Tax relief for families that care for their elderly relatives is a common proposal by the experts.

For most retired Poles, the main problem is inadequate income. Among people over 60 years of age, about 30% are healthy and require no special help, whereas among those aged 75 years or more only about 15% are independent and require no special care. However, health services and social services do not always reach out to old people. Nor are they coordinated effectively. There are no health maintenance or preventive geriatric services for those who are well. Care of persons with chronic disease is unsatisfactory because beds, nurses, and transport facilities are inadequate.

Train all professional caregivers in geriatrics, especially the inter-relationships of somatic, psychological, social, and economic conditions and philosophical outlooks. Encourage physical activity and yearly check-ups, with follow-up of risk factors, especially hypertension. From Poland: Raise living standards. Emphasize preventive geriatrics. From West Germany: Make health promotion campaigns more effective by improving doctor-patient rapport, especially through more time for discussion 59 AGING 2000 during office visits.

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