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Caring For Older People P1 - Describe the meaning of the term 'older people' M1 - Explain why there are difficulties defining the term 'older person'. So what is an older person? Someone in their 60s? 70s? 80s? or even 90s? From researching on the internet I have come to find that it's not really that easy to find a definition of what an 'older person' is. What I do know is that there are certain physical marks on an individual that makes you think that they are an 'old person', for example, toothlessness, balding or grey hair, hunched back, lameness, deafness. Old people have limited regenerative abilities and are more prone to disease, syndromes, and sickness than other adults. Most developed world countries have accepted the chronological age of 65 years as a definition of 'elderly' or older person. While this definition is somewhat arbitrary, it is many times associated with the age at which one can begin to receive pension benefits. Although there are commonly used definitions of old age, there is no general agreement on the age at which a person becomes old. From my own experience there are many types of older people. My own Grandmother has just turned ninety-four, she is living in a care home and can't really do anything for herself. ...read more.


They themselves are neglected and unappreciated in turn. Maybe this is one of the reasons why we see elderly people as bitter and set in their ways, because we have pushed them out of society with all of our modern technology that they know nothing about or how to use, or because of fast cars that they don't like or a fast pased life that they are not used to. Maybe they long for the old days. And maybe this is why the younger generation have no time for the old, because they don't understand us or our way of living and live. In the old days, most people did not go very far from their birthplace and thus families usually stayed together. The family unit is strong and practical. Today the family unit is breaking apart as young men and women travel widely in search of better jobs. So the chances are that the old folks will be left alone and neglected. Sometimes they are not wanted by their children at all. The luckier ones may have a child or two staying with them. The less fortunate ones may have to pine their lives away in an old folks' home or in their now empty house that once was filled with the sound of children's laughter. ...read more.


Also, having lived such a long life may have shown them what is important in life, they will know what their priorities should be and will know how to keep them straight. Unlike a arrogant youth, or stubborn middle-aged person. Also, todays ageing population are now more interested in keeping fit and healthy. I know this because of my own experience, every week I go to a Zumba class and more than half of the class is of the 'older' population. And they are just as fit as any young person in the class. Whenever an older person retires it also means that they have more time for hobbies that they enjoy. I know this as my grandmother goes to a book club every week. This gives her the chance to socialise and have a laugh with her friends. There are also lots of classes that older people can take to keep them up to date worth the modern world. Things like computer classes which teaches them to use the computer to send emails and surf the web. This also gives them a new qualification if they wanted to apply for jobs. I am going to conclude that it was not easy at all to define 'Old People' because they are all different in their own right. ?? ?? ?? ?? Catherine Rosenberg First Draft ...read more.

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This essay aimed to discuss the term ?older people?. This is a good basic start, but it would benefit from being a little more detailed. Give details of research. Provide various definitions of the term ?older people? rather than the current vagueness presented. What are the things that impact on people?s perceptions of age? Media, culture & own experiences etc?
There were some generalisations made which really should be removed or written with reference to research in support of those statements. The conclusion could be stronger, summarising what the essay has covered and offering final thoughts on the term ?older people?. I would suggest P1 has been achieved but there is room to develop M1.
The writing style was good overall.

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