Health Sciences 2711A/B Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Lifesaving, Motor Skill, Continuing Medical Education

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The influence of ageism and ageist stereotypes on the. Ageist stereotyping subset of ageism, is practice of discrimination based on widely held, often false assumptions about the elderly: often dangerous, it oversimplifies myriad of differences and falsely assigns traits to individuals they do not possess. Ageism reflects a deep-seated uneasiness on part of young anf middle ages a personal revulsion to and distaste for growing old, disease, disability; and fear of powerlessness, uselessness, and death. Prejudice divides into: stereotypes mistaken or exaggerated beliefs about group. Happiness: attitudes reflects feelings about the group. Discrimination divides into: personal acts, institutional policies. Cost benefit that could be realized by health care system, defined in quality adjusted life years, if elderly received appropriate prevention screening and health promo programs. Those with positive self-perceptions of aging were predicted to live 7. 6 years longer than those with negative: greater effect than lowering cholesterol (increase of 4 years)

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