Old age is usually the end of life cycle of peopleand their health may deteriorate physically and mentally and this variesculturally and historically. Each person’s aging process differs fromindividual to individual depending on their food habits, lifestyle and varioussuch concerns.
Older people are the people full of life those are purelyundergoing various types of processes like senescence, the universal and someof an inevitable changes that all of us experience from the time we are born. The Old age is an essential andfundamental part of human life. It is the evening of life. Everyone wants tolive a long life But they don’t prefer to become old Because everyone considerold age as unavoidable, unwelcomed and problems ridden phase of life. Old age completethe life pattern. There are certain pleasures in the old age different from thepleasures of youth.
Older people have a wealth of experience which will be morehelpful to other people. Older people even help to gain knowledge and wisdomAnd also people will get to learn morals, principles and value from them. Theyalso teach others to love, to care ,to give, to forgive, to accept, to supportand face life.
Older people can be irritable and grouchy because of worries andunwanted tension. People undergo so many agerelated problems health wise and vision loss among the elderly is a majorhealth care problem. Some may lose hearing ability and the functioning oforgans decreases gradually. The metabolism of the aged people is very less andhence they cannot have normal food . Old people are like infants its almost like people’s lives start toreverse when they start aging , they tend to act like a toddler and hencepeople sometimes cry , whine , scream and yell and they complain and throw atantrum because they have mood swings very often. Aging is a natural process, and longevity is the desirable and naturalaim of any society .Aging is also a risk factor for declines in function andhealth .
Older people have been stereotyped for example, as burdens on societyby virtue of their numbers and being dependant on family members. Two hundredyears ago someone aged 40 seemed ‘old’, today they would be considered ‘young’.Old Age was defined as in the present asbeginning somewhere around the ages of 60 to 65.The scientific study of oldage, the aging process and the particular problems of old people is calledgerontology. Conventionally, gerontologists and demographers choose 60 or 65 asthe lower limit of old age for good reasons.
Sixty or 65 are the ages at which stateor private pensions are most frequently paid in many countries. Ageism is somethingundesirable and one manifestation is the widespread assumption that older peoplehave simple needs such as for food , warmth , cleanliness and safety whereasthe reality is that older people need effective and skilful practice. In thesociety everyone must prefer using the term ‘older people’ rather than ‘theelderly’, which stigmatises the 50 years of life which can be experienced under this term. In Older age , people may beexperiencing a continuity of poverty, which could be worsened by ageing Forexample, as a result of widowhood or the experience of illness.