Socioeconomic Effects on Aging and Policy
The study of the various socioeconomic effects on the aging and the policy geared towards this group of the population, involves a number of different variables. This is because the total number of senior citizens is increasing, as more and more of the Baby Boomers move towards retirement. As a result, a number of different theories and ideas have been introduced to address the various socioeconomic issues. To fully understand the overall scope of these different theories a literature review will be conducted, with a careful examination on the various ideas presented in each article, the usefulness of these ideas and how this information can be used with other information presented. Together, these different elements will provide the greatest insights as to how the elderly makes adjustments to various changes such as: living in a nursing home.
Goldsmith, T. (2009). Biological Theories of the Aging. Retrieved May 14, 2010 from AZI Net
The article Biological Theories of the Aging; highlights a number of different theories that explain why the aging process is occurring to include: the simple deterioration theory, evolutionary theories of aging, passive aging theories and alternative aging theories. Next, the article talks about the differences between the theories and various medications / supplements that can be used to slow the aging process. At which point, the author ties the differences in the theories together by showing how examining them and conducting coordinated research, will dramatically improve the overall amounts of knowledge of the aging process. (Goldsmith, 2009). This source is useful because it provides an overview on the entire aging process. Where, you can be able to have a better understanding of overall factors that are affecting the aging process. The article helps to provide specific insights on the different theories of aging; which helps to corroborate the other information presented on specific aspects of the aging process.
Physical Changes. (n.d.). Retrieved May 14, 2010 from WAHSA website: http://www.wahsa.org/agingprocess.pdf
The article, Physical Changes, talks about how the aging process takes place in people, with it mentioning several different factors that will help to facilitate the aging process to include: lifestyle, genetics, medical care and nutrition. The article then talks about various psychological factors that are encountered by the elderly to include: mental health issues, changes in emotional needs and retirement. At which point, the article will conclude by talking about how to manage all three to have a happy retirement. This information is useful because it provides an overview of a number of different issues faced by those who are older. Where, the various insights provided can be used to effectively address individual needs that an older person will face. This source can be used in conjunction with the article, Biological Theories of the Aging, to understand how various age specific issues are affecting this group of the population. ("Physical Changes," nd.)
Whitaker, a. (2009). Journal of Aging Studies, 23, 158 -- 167.
The article found in the Journal of Aging Studies; talks about the effects on the family and the person who is older, that has to go into a nursing home or some type of assisted living facility. Where, family members will often feel as if their relative is shadow of who they once were. The article claims that this problematic for most families, who have a sense of duty towards their elderly family members, yet must be able to balance out their own lives. The article is useful in helping to highlight the conflict that not only occurs with the elderly, but the family members. This information can be used with the other pieces of information to see the total effects of becoming older on the entire family. (Whitaker, 2009)
Whitaker, a. (2007). Family Involvement in the Institutional Eldercare Context. Journal of Aging Studies, 23, 158 -- 167.
The article, Family Involvement in the Institutional Eldercare Context, examines the overall role that the family will play in a relative's care, once they have been institutionalized. Where, the author found that most families will remain involved in their older relative's lives until their death. The levels of involvement will vary, because of different issues that that will affect the role that the family will play to include: cultural traditions, social factors and the relationship of the family members with the older relative. This information can…