People that age are all the same 1
Are people who age all the same? With this kind of stereotyping, Health Care
will be affected. In my opinion, people who are the same age are not the same. I
have observed in my experience as a registered nurse that not everyone responds to
illnesses the same. People may be of the same age, but differ in the mental and
physical abilities. In the past I have cared for patients with same diagnosis, but
respond to treatment differently. Some older or even younger adults may have
weaker immune systems. As a result some patients may be discharged home earlier
The quality of care that a patient receives has changed over the years. The
Physician is no longer in control of how their patient is treated. Insurance
companies have changed that over the years. I can remember when I first started
working in a hospital setting a patient could stay in hospital as long as the physician
felt was necessary. That is no longer the case. Insurance companies will only pay for
a certain amount of days for a particular diagnosis. Therefore the quality of care a
patient receives is not what it used to be. Patients are discharged home earlier,
resulting in readmissions to the hospital.
The stereotype that older persons are naturally in ill health results in
misinformation. Some health care workers will make a difference in the quality of
care provided to the aging adult compared to the younger adult.(Ageism in America,
2005,p.26}. I feel as though if we do not improve quality of care more rapidly, our
health care system will not be prepared to deliver health care in the future.
People That Age Are the Same 2
Greengross, S. ( Ageism in America, “Healthy Ageing-Myth or...