By Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)
For age is chance a minimum of formative years itself, notwithstanding in one other gown, and because the night twilight fades away The sky is stuffed with stars, invisible by way of day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus we are living in a society that remorselessly casts off people who are too susceptible, mentally or bodily, to grasp to the dizzy wheel of life - a society that worships the idols of good looks, adolescence, and wealth while ruthlessly rejecting those that fall outdoors its slim criteria of acceptability, or exploitability. The aged are the newest sufferers of a synthetic way of life that has a tendency to create synthetic difficulties. during this admire, now we have a lot to benefit from these primitive groups that proceed to revere their elders for the knowledge they've got obtained within the institution of lifestyles, and that have but to make the doubtful development to a civilization that dismisses its senior contributors as senile previous fools or a burden on taxpayers' cash. it will be important to warn constructing international locations of the hazards of duplicating the mistakes of the commercial international - of which they see in basic terms the superficial trappings that masks the iceberg of disillusionment beneath.
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The proportion of persons suffering 53 AGING 2000 from at least one chronic condition rises steadily with age. About 50% of those aged 25 to 44 have a chronic condition, while over 80% of those 75 years of age and older have at least one. Respondents in the study cite lifelong poor housing, poor nutrition, inadequate health care, lack of emergency medicine, and environmental toxins as contributing factors to such chronic health problems. Swedish experts emphasize widowhood as a risk factor. The Italians add "marginalization", loss of social role, lack of interests, and inactivity.
Their needs and cultural diversity are reflected in housing policy. At the same time, policy-makers must consider a marked trend away from life in extended family units and the fact that many older Israelis inhabit deteriorated buildings, hastily put up at the time the country was formed. To serve the elderly without uprooting them, the government plans to renovate this housing. The UK exemplifies a country with a variety of housing options. Communities traditionally have offered sheltered housing under supervision of a warden.
8. Develop programs and policies to provide secure and suitable housing. ITALY The main problems today The finances of elderly people are precarious. The most acute problem for old people, housing, is in short supply and beyond their means. Many are admitted to hospital because they are homeless, or because conditions where they live are intolerable. There are fewer, if any, children and grandchildren to help the aged. Outsiders willfng to help are hard to find, even if offered payment. Serious mental health problems among the elderly reflect lack of preparation for old age, resulting, for example, in the loss of social role.
Aging 2000: a challenge for society by Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)