Aging, Disability, and Illness. It’s frustrating to me that these topics constantly get lumped in together. I feel that even though there are some common concerns between the three, the issues of aging are significantly different than the issues of illness and you could say the same for disability.
The issues of aging are complex and even though ageism is prominent in our society it is hardly discussed. Women begin fearing old age very young. I know my daughter (age 11) does.
- The poverty that is common to elderly women is horrific.
- The quest for youth drives our economy: surgery, creams, chemical procedures, exercise, etc.
- Women live longer than men. Mandatory retirement at age 65 means many years of no income for women.
Institutional decisions like this have not considered the needs of women (but when has this ever been a priority?) Read more »