By Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)
For age is chance at least adolescence itself, notwithstanding in one other costume, and because the night twilight fades away The sky is full of stars, invisible through day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus we are living in a society that remorselessly casts off those who find themselves too susceptible, mentally or bodily, to grasp to the dizzy wheel of life - a society that worships the idols of good looks, formative years, and wealth when ruthlessly rejecting those that fall open air its slender criteria of acceptability, or exploitability. The aged are the most recent sufferers of a man-made lifestyle that has a tendency to create synthetic difficulties. during this recognize, we now have a lot to profit from these primitive groups that proceed to revere their elders for the knowledge they've got got within the institution of existence, and that have but to make the doubtful development to a civilization that dismisses its senior contributors as senile outdated fools or a burden on taxpayers' cash. it's important to warn constructing nations of the hazards of duplicating the error of the economic global - of which they see basically the superficial trappings that masks the iceberg of disillusionment beneath.
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Extend care of a sick and physically infirm person to his or her own home. - Prepare systematically for old age, from a medical and psychological point of view. 2. Introduce active medical care, including periodic check-ups with treatment if necessary, for people over 70 or 75. 3. Through research, well-aged clinics, and rehabilitation services, develop and apply preventive geriatrics and rehabilitation. 44 MAINTAINING AN ACTIVE AND INDEPENDENT LIFE SWEDEN The main problems today Swedes believe, erroneously, that the elderly tend naturally to be inactive and should live a passive life.
3. Social and economic: income deficiencies. Inadequate housing and transport. Less-than-optimal deployment of social resources. Too few domiciliary services. Policies and programs today The National Health Service (NHS) provides free medical care. Specialist medical services for the elderly have become an accepted part of the NHS hospital services in the past 20 years. Domiciliary care is provided partly by NHS general practitioners, partly by voluntary services (such as "meals on wheels"). and partly by local authority financed health visitors and social workers.
Because the frequency of chronic disorders and institutionalization increases substantially after the age of 75, this 36 MAINTAINING AN ACTIVE AND INDEPENDENT LIFE large increase will magnify the need for an expanded network of institutional and community-based services. If current predictions are correct, community geriatric services will not expand quickly enough to meet needs. Independent life will be more problematic for a greater percentage of the elderly. Recommendations 1. Establish a centralized mechanism for planning and coordinating the various services for the aged.
Aging 2000: a challenge for society by Philip Selby, Mal Schechter (auth.)