Ageism and Disability
In U.S. society, the elderly tend to be less and less visible in mainstream activities, in organizations, and in the workplace. One theory assigns this to ageism. Do you think that is the best explanation for this phenomenon? If yes, why do you think so? If not, what do you think is the best alternative explanation? What do you think is the most common expression of ageism?
Person-centered thinking places people and their capabilities, interests, and gifts before their diagnoses or treatments. For example, a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy would not be called “the child in the wheelchair” but instead would be recognized by the same traits that any other child might be: “Camille likes trains and always remembers everyone’s birthday.” How could this practice of person-centered thinking be beneficial to other areas of diversity? Why?
I feel that ageism is one of the main aspects of why the elderly are less visible in the society. This is due to the increase in industrialism, causing a lessening of more revered status for the elderly and what the older generation can offer in the society. Additionally, the older an individual gets, the more they are viewed as sick, frail and weak, limiting the roles they play in societ………………
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