The Importance Of Rose In My Life

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Rose is a sixty-eight year old, recent widow and retiree, living in the United States. She has retired a little less than a year ago from the child care development field where she worked for thirty years. Rose highly enjoyed working in the childcare environment; so much that she exceeded the average United States retirement age of sixty- two, by six years! (Brandon par 2). Although she now lives alone in her ranch house, seasonal visits from her four children and nine grandchildren since retiring has provided something far from a dull home for Rose. However, the visits become extremely limited when children are back in their classrooms, and a different, frigid atmosphere deluges Rose’s residence. Including Rose, there are seventy- eight million …show more content…
A promising start of new hobbies and productive time awoke after retiring such as Rose’s joyful time with visiting family, but retirement is ultimately seen as a deterrent to forty percent of the retired population; the loss of an occupation is compared to the loss of place in society (“Fear” par4). Rose often wondered, “Am I really living the golden years of my life?”. She rarely removed herself from her home because she lacked motivation and only communicated with family members by small telephone chats. Rose’s inactive habits caused her to slowly succumb to alzheimer 's disease- a psychological decaying of the brain, within a year and a half of retiring. In 2012, 5.2 million americans aged 65 and up were affected by alzheimer’s (Wexler par 24).Rose now depends on the aid of her children and medication for the rest of her life as her body and mental health regresses. An active and healthy lifestyle is encouraged to many age groups in America today, but within the elderly community, there is not much time to correct poor life …show more content…
Both physical illnesses can be prevented by healthier lifestyle choices and physical conditioning. There are various other chronic conditions that affect the aging population. Eight conditions, including hypertension and type two diabetes, and what percentage they affect the populace are represented in the bar graph below (par 14).The graph cumulatively represents the sixty five and up age group affected by chronic conditions, in America. According to the graph, Hypertension is the leading condition that the older population experiences. The elevated statistic for high blood pressure, a form of heart illness, correlates with heart disease being the major cause of death in people aged sixty five and up (par 13). Closely behind high blood pressure is Arthritis- a condition that causes bone and joint pain;Unlike hypertension, arthritis is more common with old age and lack of physical exercise versus poor eating or smoking

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