A suitable housing and access to public transport have been one of the problems older people are facing in the society.
Older people need support to be able to meet their needs, there are many people that have different experiences with elderly people, some might say that old people are a burden, and some might disagree. Some young adult views older people as lazy, dumb, worthless, deaf, disable and rude. Older people are viewed as vulnerable people in society, at that stage in life they become very fragile and sometimes are unable to do things for themselves; support would be needed to meet their needs. Often older people are stereotyped as people that are old and forgetful, also weak and helpless. These are just assumptions made by people because not all older people are like this. People have a different experience with old people, some might say that older people are a burden, and some might not there is no correct answer.
There are old people that a still fit and health. Once there at this stage of being old and have an illness in some hospital, they are less likely to give out the right treatment to the old patient because some believe that the patient is old, and their life will soon end, this would also apply for some with a disability. According to Marxism, some people are treated better based on the social class such as the upper class, they are shown more respect in society than the lower-class people.These specific groups are more likely to be a disadvantage because of their age, having a low income, poor housing and illness. However, in the UK elderly people tend to be forgotten about and treated as if they as less important.
Evidence shows that elderly people receive the most discrimination; the age discrimination act (2006) was made to reduce this matter. for example, some elderly people who may have low-income and cannot afford to pay for private, are more likely to become ill, due to lack of support, to prepare food or not enough money to pay the utility bills which are needed for things such as heating, gas and water. If these elderly people have no friends or family relatives to check or help them when it is needed this can lead to neglect and isolation also may result in death as an individual has been left and forgotten about, this is very common in the UK. All elderly people need physical, mental and emotional support to feel happy and comfortable. According to Poverty (2016), Every person wants to live a successful life by achieving their goals.
If their goals are not met, this can cause frustration and they may end up in an emotional distress. some people tend to hide their feelings from the society and isolate themselves from social activities. According to Baumeister (2003) model, it indicates that life has to mean to purpose, value and self-control. Some people prefer to enjoy life by working and showing happiness, forgetting the negative views of people. People like this tend to experience low levels of negative outcomes including stress and depression when they have supposed meaning for life.
To challenge social exclusion from older people, the government could provide more homes for the older people which can help change their circumstances and requirements. For examples, they can provide wheelchair access to most homes and toilet. Also, the government should consider developing an all-inclusive strategy and action plan to create an environment that is fit for the elder people’s society. They need to fund a health care system that can support older people in their own homes or local communities.
the movement needs to make sure that the older people’s homes and heating are improved and generate more housing choices for in future. They need to provide transport and activities for the older people and reduce the social isolation they are facing, this will make them become happier and value life more. Also, the government needs to provide more practical prospects for older people to interact and promote older people contributions in the society.