Old age is usually the end of life cycle of people
and their health may deteriorate physically and mentally and this varies
culturally and historically. Each person’s aging process differs from
individual to individual depending on their food habits, lifestyle and various
such concerns. Older people are the people full of life those are purely
undergoing various types of processes like senescence, the universal and some
of an inevitable changes that all of us experience from the time we are born.
The Old age is an essential and
fundamental part of human life. It is the evening of life. Everyone wants to
live a long life But they don’t prefer to become old Because everyone consider
old age as unavoidable, unwelcomed and problems ridden phase of life. Old age complete
the life pattern. There are certain pleasures in the old age different from the
pleasures of youth. Older people have a wealth of experience which will be more
helpful to other people. Older people even help to gain knowledge and wisdom
And also people will get to learn morals, principles and value from them. They
also teach others to love, to care ,to give, to forgive, to accept, to support
and face life. Older people can be irritable and grouchy because of worries and
People undergo so many age
related problems health wise and vision loss among the elderly is a major
health care problem. Some may lose hearing ability and the functioning of
organs decreases gradually. The metabolism of the aged people is very less and
hence they cannot have normal food .
Old people are like infants its almost like people’s lives start to
reverse when they start aging , they tend to act like a toddler and hence
people sometimes cry , whine , scream and yell and they complain and throw a
tantrum because they have mood swings very often.
Aging is a natural process, and longevity is the desirable and natural
aim of any society .Aging is also a risk factor for declines in function and
health .Older people have been stereotyped for example, as burdens on society
by virtue of their numbers and being dependant on family members. Two hundred
years ago someone aged 40 seemed ‘old’, today they would be considered ‘young’.
Old Age was defined as in the present as
beginning somewhere around the ages of 60 to 65.The scientific study of old
age, the aging process and the particular problems of old people is called
gerontology. Conventionally, gerontologists and demographers choose 60 or 65 as
the lower limit of old age for good reasons. Sixty or 65 are the ages at which state
or private pensions are most frequently paid in many countries.
Ageism is something
undesirable and one manifestation is the widespread assumption that older people
have simple needs such as for food , warmth , cleanliness and safety whereas
the reality is that older people need effective and skilful practice. In the
society everyone must prefer using the term ‘older people’ rather than ‘the
elderly’, which stigmatises the 50 years of life which can be experienced under this term. In Older age , people may be
experiencing a continuity of poverty, which could be worsened by ageing For
example, as a result of widowhood or the experience of illness.