Pros And Cons Of Elderly Care

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d) Pros and Cons of Policy and Program Interventions for Elderly Care
The last element of the United States elderly care system compromises of programs and policies that are classified as institutional and legislative responses to aging in the United States. According to Bookman and Kimbrel (2011) and Wise and Yashiro (2006), Medicare is an example of a functional policy in the United States for the elderly, under which senior citizen over 65 years, and who have a Medicare insurance cover during their days of employment are eligible for insurance cover. Medicare is another insurance policy that also covers the elderly. Other examples of policies for the elderly in the United States include the Social Security Act of 1935, Older Americans
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There is a deficiency in the knowledge of recognizing and preventing elder abuse incidences, coupled with reluctance in prosecuting the culprits of elder abuse (McNamee & Murphy (2006). Such inadequacies have left many senior citizens undeservingly suffering and dying, with the actual causes of their deaths being disguised in aging as far as their families and relatives are concerned. Abuse of the elderly is also high because social justice reinforcement personnel are deficiently trained. Professional medical practitioners in the United States may report abuse suspicions, but unfortunately, the police, who are rarely trained on detecting elder-related abuse, fail in collecting forensic evidence as they are not acquainted with the skills of interviewing elders suffering for dementias. Other causes of high rates of elder abuse in the United States include attitudes that impede investigations, hesitancy in abuse reporting, victims’ vulnerability, and little emphasis of elder postmortem to determine whether or not aging is the actual cause of their …show more content…
In the same respect, the elderly are sometimes regarded as a burden to their families as well as to the society, owing to a number of reasons. One of the reasons that make the elderly to be considered as a familial and societal burden is their nature of being dependent and relatively unproductive as Choudhry (2013) remarks. The other reason is their inability to contribute to solution finding as their reduced intellectual capacities make them reasons like children in some cases. Social frictions emanating from family caregiving burnout and depressions constitute another reason as to why the elderly are regarded as a burden to their families and the society as this sometimes culminated in social rifts between kin. Sometimes the elderly may develop terminal illnesses or old age ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, and because they are employed or are actually inactive, they are unable to pay for their treatment. This calls for the family and sometimes the society to raise funds to cater for the extra care, which, according Bookman and Kimbrel (2011), is extremely expensive. Bearing in mind that the family and the society have other financial obligations in an economically tough United States environment, the expensive extra care becomes a burden to the family and the society. Indeed, some old age aliments have

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