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4.7.1: 4.7L - The Older Years
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- Discuss some of the implications of old age, particularly in relation to Erikson’s “Eight Stages of Life” and age discrimination
- Erik Erikson characterizes old age as a period of “Integrity vs. Despair,” during which a person focuses on reflecting back on their life. Those who are unsuccessful during this phase will feel that their life has been wasted and will experience many regrets.
- Those who feel proud of their accomplishments will feel a sense of integrity. Successfully completing this phase means looking back with few regrets and a general feeling of satisfaction.
- Old age presents some social problems, such as age discrimination. Elderly people are more likely to be victims of abuse, and negative stereotypes are also very common.
- abuse: Physical or verbal maltreatment; injury.
- self-neglect: It refers to behaviors that threaten the person’s own health and safety.