The Elderly

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The term Ageism is practiced by many of America's youth who lack nothing short of ignorance. Many individuals use discriminative terms to falsely describe the elderly. We forget that despite their advanced age, they're people full of life that are purely undergoing senescence, the universal and inevitable changes that all of us experience from the time we are born. Wilbert is a gentleman who must combat multiple ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease. These are merely from secondary aging which encompass changes that are due to illness, health habits, and other individual differences that have expedited his degeneration physically. -ageism -senescence -secondary aging He is part of the one-third of elderly people who have hypertension. His blood vessels, veins, and arteries are suffering tremendously because they have a buildup of calcium. He has had several stents implanted within his legs and heart, so he has a harder time walking around for extended periods of time. It doesn’t help when he coats his food with a surplus of salt, partly due to the decrease in taste buds, an overuse of salt can increase one’s chances of developing hypertension. -hypertension -loss of taste sensory Will was in the hospital with a heart attack scare and he had been there for many hours. After arguing with the doctors to let him go outside and smoke they finally allowed him to go to the gazebo on the rooftop. He was standing in the cold wearing a hospital gown with his children as he smoked and had a moment of clarity. As he saw the look of disappoint in his boys, this made him think about what he could lose if he died. What he realized on that rooftop was that he had been smoking for over 40 years. Just by the g... ... middle of paper ... ...had his two sons and two daughters. He loves his children and finds happiness through their success. Every Saturday before I post my essay, I read my paper to Will to give me the okay and every week he asks me how I did on it and if anyone liked it. I always tell him the same thing, that they loved it. The statement that the meaning of life is achieved through death is a farce because when we grow older and see all of our life’s work, we see meaning. We as people contribute to society in one way or another whether it be as significant as Gandhi or as little as picking up trash on the side of the highway. We make a difference by gracing others with with being who we are. Works Cited Feldman, Robert S. Development across the Life Span. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010. Print. Moore, Wilbert O. "Late Adulthood Interview." Personal interview. 19 Nov. 2013.

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