Society’s Erroneous Perception of Old People
This article raises a valid, especially on the stereotyping of older adults. The nation is missing out on the productivity of older people by holding notions that people beyond the age of 65 are taking up jobs that should be reserved for young people. It is so inconsiderate to deny this group the opportunity to keep themselves healthy through meaningful activity. Also, older adults require finances to support themselves. This kind of notion that older people should pave the way for the youth in the job market begs the question of whether one generation has more right to work than the other.
Attitudes are deeply rooted in America’s culture, undermining the level of respect the elderly receive in the country. As mentioned in this article, society has no regard for the needs, ambitions, and desires of older people. Older adults are invisible in this culture and are retired aware of people instead of finding ways to have them interact with their capabilities, hobbies, and talents. What young people do not consider is that they are creating a system that they will go through.
Because older people were not born with technology, it does not mean they cannot learn how to send a text or open a nice photo on social media. Equating tech-savviness with age is an outdated theme with a shaky foundation. It is not right to send older people to homes and to treat them like asylum patients shut out from the rest of the world. A research by Pew Research Centre indicates that about 30 percent of 75-79-year-olds have smartphones, and 67 percent of people above the age of 65 go online each day (Brenoff). This is a clear indication that the ability to interact with technology is limited with age is a clear misconception and discriminatory.
Retirement homes are not the ideal places for old adults and are new forms of segregation. Older adults are people who can significantly contribute to this economy. And making these kinds of harsh choices on their behalf is degrading and is a very absurd culture. The American society should change this mindset for the sake of the generation that is going for their entire lives without having a meaningful interaction with old people, for the sake of old people, and for the sake of the country at large.
Brenoff, A. “5 Ageist Stereotypes That Really Need To Go Away Already.” HuffPost, 27 Sept. 2018, www.huffpost.com/entry/5-ageist-stereotypes-that-should-end_n_5b19a66be4b09d7a3d70790b. Accessed 4 Feb. 2020.