By Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)
For age is chance not less than early life itself, even though in one other gown, and because the night twilight fades away The sky is full of stars, invisible by way of day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus we are living in a society that remorselessly casts off people who find themselves too vulnerable, mentally or bodily, to dangle to the dizzy wheel of life - a society that worships the idols of attractiveness, adolescence, and wealth when ruthlessly rejecting those that fall open air its slim criteria of acceptability, or exploitability. The aged are the most recent sufferers of a synthetic lifestyle that has a tendency to create man made difficulties. during this admire, we've a lot to benefit from these primitive groups that proceed to revere their elders for the knowledge they've got obtained within the university of lifestyles, and that have but to make the doubtful development to a civilization that dismisses its senior participants as senile previous fools or a burden on taxpayers' money. it can be crucial to warn constructing nations of the risks of duplicating the blunders of the commercial global - of which they see in basic terms the superficial trappings that masks the iceberg of disillusionment beneath.
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They live alone in their homes or apartments. This isolation impedes participation in meaningful activities, which are important factors in physical and mental well-being. Those aged 80 years and older are particularly isolated and at risk of being unable to meet their physical and mental needs, and thus of becoming ill and requiring care. Many elderly do not seek medical advice for curable diseases. Doctors and patients may confuse manifestations of aging with disease, resulting either in unnecessary treatment or in delay of necessary treatment.
Generally, the paucity of legislation defining needs, entitlements, and mandated services reflects a lack of commitment in dealing with the problems of the elderly. No centralized machinery exists for planning and coordinating the various services for the elderly. Programs are scattered and not accessible to many of them. Policies and programs today The ministry of housing has ignored the specific requirements of the elderly in planning housing projects; however, a movement has started for the construction of congregate housing.
The elderly population in Japan, and the proportion of elderly in the population, are increasing rapidly. Policies and programs today Programs exist for free health education for the elderly, free medical examination, free medical care for those aged 70 and over, and free rehabilitation. Participation in these programs is highly encouraged. A variety of facilities for the elderly exist, including public nursing homes for the needy (70,000 beds in 903 establishments in 1979)' public and private homes and low-cost housing (11,000 capacity in 1979), welfare centers (853 in 1978), and club houses (2,346 in 1978).
Aging 2000: a challenge for society by Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)