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Ageism and making End-of-life Decisions

One of the most difficult parts of ageism is to make the end-of-life decision. Such decisions can be made about how to deal with old age problems. But most of the time, people do not make decisions like investing in insurance programs or other programs in their youth and adulthood. When old age arrives, such people are at the mercy of their relatives to make their decisions. Caretakers’ should make sure they make the best decision for their old relatives. They must put themselves in their position before deciding for them. It would be appropriate to ask old people what they want to do. Whether certain surgeries are needed, what medications are necessary, and what possible side effects would be, all such decisions must be made by discussing everything with a trained physician. It is very important to ease the lives of old people without giving them the unbearable pain of medical treatments.

How to improve aging?

To ensure that people live a healthy life even at an old age they must be provided with free healthcare programs to reduce medical expenditure. Old people should be provided care in their own homes rather than nursing homes to make sure that does not miss their loved ones and feel depressed. Proper home care and government support can ease the life of the aging population. To ensure a better life even in old age, one must plan for old age insurance programs so that we are not burdened with medical expenses. Proper savings and investment in appropriate insurance programs can improve our lives even in old age. Better nursing and old age homes will improve old age people’s mental and physical well-being (NAVASKY & O’CONNOR, 2006).


NAVASKY, M., & O’Connor, K. (Producers). (2006). Living Old [Motion Picture].

Richtman, M. (2006, November 1). Why We Must Combat Ageism In America. Retrieved from Forbes:



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