Gender, Ethnicity and Socio-economic Factors
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... old is an inevitable fact of life. Most people dread it due to a host of reasons which include fears of losing their valued youthful looks, physical strength, good health, vigor and alertness of their thinking. Others fear the reduction or loss of quality of care and affection they presently enjoy with the significant people in their lives
What can make this stage worse is ageism. Butler, the one who coined the term ‘ageism’ originally defined it as the "systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old, just as racism and sexism accomplish this with skin color and gender." (1969, p.243). Ageism is prevalent in society. Some people are not even aware that they har...