Do you think “compassionate ageism” still exists today?
Compassionate ageism is a belief that older people are needy and deserve special policies to help them (Quizlet, 2013). In using this definition, all the sons and daughters caring for granny have compassionate ageism. All the in home workers and nonprofit organizations fighting for elder rights have compassionate ageism. I believe it exists more so individually than politically. Politically we went from compassionate ageism to the greedy-geezer to taking food from babies (Binstock PhD, 2010). This propaganda campaign has painted elders as a selfish and greedy group who would see the world collapse before releasing their rights to services. It seems that attempts to put policies in place to assist needy elders are hit with this unfounded attitude. A trend I find distasteful.
Compassionate aging has become an attitude of the needy elders, their caregivers, their families and the political factions that support them. Let’s look at the trend toward aging in place which results in home health care situations. Many issues that used to send elders to a facility are being done in the comforts of the elders homes. Frequently these services are paid for through Medicare (Department of Health and Human Services, 2010). I see this as compassionate ageism in an individual application though the service is available to all that qualify for Medicare. This is only one of the policies in place. Obama Care places many more such as closing the donut-hole in Part D and Medicare reform making it a more efficient entity (obamacarefacts.com, 2013). If you take into account the amount of obstruction surrounding Obama Care you can’t say that compassionate ageism is a standard it’s more of an ideal.
Binstock PhD, R. H. (2010). From Compassionate Ageism to Intergenerational Conflict . The Gerontologist, 574-581.
Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). Medicare and Home Helth Care. Baltimore: Centers for Medicare and Medicade Services.
obamacarefacts.com. (2013, 7 9). ObamaCare Medicare: Obamacare and Medicare? Retrieved from obamacarefacts.com: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-medicare.php
Quizlet. (2013, 7 9). Ageism flashcards . Retrieved from Quizlet: http://quizlet.com/12687326/ageism-flash-cards