Application to healthcare of older person
People who look elderly, pitiable and poor are the ones discriminated in the name of ageism. In the field of healthcare, the interaction between patient and physician decreases and indicates the disgust of physicians to focus on the need. Though some diseases are curable, older patients are discriminated and withheld from further treatments. This differential treatment makes them depend and call them as underprivileged. These negative prototypes have rather made them feel passive and function poorly in terms of cognition.
It is observed that senior citizens require long term care and visit physicians often when compared to the adults. Such physicians stereotype the aged ones and deny medical treatments with an assumption that it cannot be cured (Cassel and Leipzig, 2003). The healthcare system underperforms when older adults are found with functional impairment followed by multiple comorbidities. They are not only excluded but also denied of the essential treatments. Clinical practice guidelines for single disease are not available yet. Therefore, chronic illnesses are not treated efficiently and the life expectancy is decreased by many times. The situation only shows the need for sufficient funding in the geriatrics division and offer quality professionals to take hold of geriatric care.
Ageism involves a number of theories to explain the model and functionalities. There are 4 ageist categories from macro, micro and individual levels and these include structural, embodied, institutional and interpersonal. The theory that was first coined on ageism is by Steele and Aronson (Sarkisian, 2005). The theory explains the conditions under which people stereotype ageism from subconscious mind and lead to detrimental effects. Stereotype threat is faced by a person when the individual has a poor self esteem and believes on others or when the person creates a self identity that is inline with the stereotyped group (Higashi, 2012).