Elder Care

  1. Read the Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers article, and answer the following questions:
    1. Where did the term ageism originate?
    2. Does ageism cause harm to persons? How?
    3. How can we reduce the amount and occurrence of ageism?
    4. Are clinicians involved in ageism?
    5. Have you witnessed any ageism in your experiences as a student nurse or as a nurse?
    6. Read the points that are listed on page two; are there any that catch your eye that seem very relevant?
  2. Your paper should be:
    • One (1) page or more.
    • Use factual information from the textbook and/or appropriate articles and websites.
    • Cite your sources – type references according to the APA Style Guide.

Requirements: 1 page

Answer preview

Clinicians can portray ageism, but there are several ways to reduce the incidences of ageism. In addition to dismissing symptoms of elderly patients in the name of the ‘aging process,’ clinicians can also treat aging symptoms as a disease and prescribe unnecessary treatments to elderly patients. According to Chamberlain et al. (2019), perspectives towards ageism are shaped from as early as medical school. Students view elderly patients as a source of frustration and a reminder of their preexisting death anxiety. But ageism can be reduced through knowledge. Knowledge provides empowerment allowing people to recognize their stereotypes towards the elderly and confront them for an attitude change.

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Elder Care