In traditional Chinese and other Asian cultures the aged were highly respected and cared for. The Igabo tribesmen of Eastern Nigeria value dependency in their aged and involve them in care of children and the administration of tribal affairs (Shelton, A. in Kalish R. Uni Michigan 1969).In Eskimo culture the grandmother was pushed out into the ice-flow to die as soon as she became useless.Western societies today usually resemble to some degree the Eskimo culture, only the “ice-flows” have names such a “Sunset Vista” and the like. Younger generations no longer assign status to the aged and their abandonmentis always in danger of becoming the social norm.There has been a tendency to remove the aged from their homes and put them in custodial care. To some degree the government provides domiciliary care services to prevent or delay this, but the motivation probably has moreto do with expense than humanity.In Canada and some parts of the USA old people are being utilised as foster-grandparents in child care agencies.SOME BASIC DEFINITIONSWhat is Aging?Aging: Aging is a natural phenomenon that refers to changes occurring throughout the life span and result in differences in structure and function between the youthful and elder generation.Gerontology: Gerontology… Read full this story
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