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Ageism has seemed within the media more and more over the past two decades. *What is it? *How are we affected? *How does it relate to prone for older humans? This booklet builds bridges among the broader age-conscious tradition in which humans dwell their lives and the area of the worrying professions. within the first half, the literature on age prejudice and ageism is reviewed and set in a ancient context. a variety of settings within which ageism is obviously obvious are thought of after which, within the 3rd half, the writer identifies a chain of matters which are uncomplicated in selecting a idea of ageism. The booklet is written in a mode meant to interact the reader's lively involvement: how does ageism relate to the ideals the reader may have approximately older generations, the ageing method and private fears of the long run? To what volume is chronological age utilized in social regulate? The booklet discusses those matters not only on the subject of discrimination opposed to 'the aged' yet correct around the existence direction. The e-book: * is referenced to available fabric corresponding to newspapers and biographies * comprises case reports to make sure that it pertains to everyday, daily elements of age * comprises illustrations - examples of ageism in advertizing, and so forth.

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Only about 3 percent of persons age 65 and older are institutionalized with mental disorders (Kahana, 1995). All community studies of psychopathology among elders agree that less than 10 percent have significant or severe mental illness, and another 10% to 32% have mild to moderate mental impairment; however, most are without impairment (Gurland, 1995). In fact, according to the most comprehensive and careful community surveys, fewer of the elderly have mental impairments than do younger persons (Myers, Weissman, Tischler, Hozer, & Leaf, 1984).

Even physicians, who should know better, often assume that sexuality is unimportant in late life (Butler, 1975). Many jokes and birthday cards are based on this belief (see Chapter 6). The fact that many older people believe this stereotype makes them ashamed of their sexual urges and may prevent their enjoyment of normal sexual activity. It may also prevent remarriage of widows and widowers in late life (see Chapter 10). Facts Most persons past 65 continue to have both interest and capacity for sexual relations.

100) has observed, in America, "the fear of death and the fear of aging are one.

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