The Importance Of Self-Esteem In Old Age

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There are over 7 billion people on the planet. Each person has characteristics that make them entirely unique and have their own way of viewing themselves. Everyone has self-esteem, or lack of, which means the confidence they possess in themselves. There have been numerous studies conducted in the last two decades that have shown that an individual’s self-esteem changes as they age. The consensus has shown that as an individual’s ages, their self-esteem increases, remains stable throughout mid-life, and then sharply decreases at old age. There are many factors that influence self-esteem in old age such as gender, ethnicity, work experience, and education. Using research that has been conducted in the 21st century, we will discuss, in detail, …show more content…
They also concluded that men are often reported to have a higher esteem compared to women due to men typically being more powerful. Health has been shown to be an important indication of self-esteem (Orth et al., 2010; Reitzes & Mutran, 2006; Shaw et al., 2010). As an individual ages, their risk of diseases such as heart disease and memory loss increases. This has a severe impact on an individual and could hinder their self-esteem. As stated in the journal, an individual who has reduced mobility due to walking constraints might decrease their possibility to pursue their life goals and also decreases the possibility to live an independent life. This would greatly reduce the individual’s self-esteem. Cognitive abilities have been shown to correlate to high self-esteem levels and has also been linked to lower age-related mortality related declines in late-life self-esteem. Relationships and social interactions have also been linked to higher self-esteem throughout …show more content…
It’s important to focus on health concerns to boost self-esteem in older adults. The risk of heart disease, diabetes and memory loss increases as individuals age. It’s very important to visit a primary physician often and manage any risks to serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women and takes the life out of 610,000 people annually. As a marketing major and wanting to pursue pharmaceutical marketing, I could help many individuals. Educating older adults on the risks of severe diseases could substantially boost their self-esteem. There are many medical commercials that are aired in America that are targeted towards older adults. Elderly individuals are a major demographic for pharmaceutical companies because elderly patients take about three times as many medications compared to younger patients. A project of mine when I enter my career would be increasing the amount of exposure that older adults get to medicines, treatments, etc. If an elderly patient struggles with arthritis or high blood-pressure, they could increase their intake of a certain medicine, which would increase their self-esteem once they feel

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