Caring for the Elderly

Is it the society's responsibility?

Background Information

  • Some elderly can not pay for their own care.
  • Some states have laws put in place that caring for your elderly parents is required. Examples: Alaska, California, Delaware, New Hampshire, and more.
  • Types of elderly care: nursing homes, telephone call assurance, hospice care, and more.
  • Some elderly find nursing homes depressing, and would probably be upset if they were forced into one.
  • Some adult children are having a hard time taking care of their elderly parents.

Pros

  • Doing something good.
  • Caring for elderly=more job opportunities.
  • Elderly can feel better/happier.
  • Elderly can possibly live a little longer.
  • More people helping the elderly=happier adult children (no more stress).
  • 24/7 care for the elderly.

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Some elderly will be separated from their family.
  • Some elderly find nursing homes depressing and would probably be upset if they were forced into one.
  • Elderly need to be watched 24/7.
  • Lack of freedom to elderly.

Final Thoughts/Conclusion

I think that it is the society's responsibility to care for the elderly. They are at a weak and helpless stage of life. They have lots of health care concerns and loss of physical and mental awareness. They need lots of help that sometimes family can not provide. If society took care of the elderly, everyone would be happier because the family members will have weight off of their shoulders and the elderly can feel much better.

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