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What Problems Do Older People Experience?

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What problems do older people experience? Are these problems biological or cultural? As older people age, they suffer a lot of biological problems. However, in some societies, these problems are considered good things. I have found a lot of information on this from the Human Body Video. As humans get older their eyesight deteriorates. They get things like double vision, cataracts, they have trouble focusing and eventually they can go completely blind. Hair loss is suffered as people age. Some people's hair will go grey or white. Men sometimes go bald, but this usually doesn't happen to women, but they can get patches after a shock. Peoples' skin also deteriorates, they get wrinkles, it becomes thinner, losses its elasticity and it losses proteins like Elastogen. Sometimes spending more time in the sun and absorbing more of its rays increase this. Peoples' teeth degrade after many years of use. The ratio between fat and muscle often changes as you age. By 70, elderly people have less than 30% of their muscle strength. Older people usually have more fat than muscle and generally lose a lot of their muscle. Women become more pear shaped as fat deposits are put down, but men normally gain weight in the stomach. Elderly people's ears and nose often seem to carry on growing after puberty. This may be the skin just stretching. Elderly people become more susceptible to disease and illness as they age. ...read more.

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Some company's aren't like this and show elderly people in a better light. For example, car insurance and house insurance companies for the elderly show them more as responsible adults, that shouldn't have to pay for what young people do. This is closer to what the majority of older people are like. Compare the status of old people in modern industrial society with those in small scale and traditional societies. Suggest reasons for these differences. Source F shows Masai warriors being addressed by some elders. To them, elders are seen as old, yet wise, important, powerful, influential and to be respected. Source G is similar to source F in that elderly people are important. It also shows a female elder instead of a man, therefore women are respected just as much as a man, which doesn't always happen in our society. In our society, elderly people are considered old, unwise, old fashioned, out of date and mostly useless. The differences between these attitudes could be because of the pace of society and the rate of change. For example, the Masai have barely changed their ways for many years. Therefore the elders have had extensive experience in what the younger people are doing. Also they have no real education, therefore the elders teach them and the skills of the elders are very important, not like in our society. The elders teach their children things like hunting making clothes, cooking and becoming warriors. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sources B and C are useful in that they show a stereotypical view and an un-stereotypical view of elderly people. Sources D and E are helpful in that they are both reliable case studies of the people they talk about. Sources F and G show a view of elderly people in different cultures and how they are respected. These are two helpful sources. The adverts in source H aren't very helpful, but they do show that people are categorised into age groups. Source I is not helpful to me because it is a very biased view because it is from the Liberal Democrats, who show a certain view to win votes. Source J shows another stereotypical view of the elderly and it doesn't really tell the truth about the elderly. Sources K to M are from newspapers. Source K is another source that shows the stereotypical view of the elderly in that they always need help with their life or they will die. L and M are from 1975 so they are quite old and out of date so they may not be relevant any more. The human body video was very helpful in informing me about biological problems, however it isn't all the scientists views, it only shows a few scientists views. On their own, each source is limited, but together they give a wide view. In my opinion however, we can never really understand exactly what old age is like until we are of that age because we can never know every little detail from what a few people tell us. ...read more.

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