Elderly Behind the Wheel “Grimes drove through a red light. The car slammed into Katie Bolka, a seventeen year old high school junior who was driving to school to take an algebra test, five days later, Bolka died” (usatoday). The elderly are very independent, and they have a reason to be. The present day elderly have been through some of the hardest times of the American people; they have been through the ‘great depression’ and have fought in World War II. Although the elderlies have the right to drive, they should reconsider. Taking a license away from a veteran that failed their eye exam would probably not sit well. Although it is hard to except, this is what is best for the society. Growing old means, having mental health issues, physical health issues, and being much more fragile than they were at the age of eighteen. There is more elderly driving than ever before, because the baby boomers are now becoming elderly. According to Consumer Reports Magazine “Seventy eight percent of Americans seventy and older had drivers licenses in 2008. That’s up from seventy three percent in 1997. To keep our roads safe, and protect our love ones, it is very mandatory to have a second drivers test at the age of sixty five, unless a doctor recommends one even earlier. Some states have already enforced laws to retest the elderly more often. For example, in Rhode Island drivers over seventy have to renew their driver’s license every two years while the rest of the driving population has to renew their license every five years. Connecticut has including things such as only driving in daylight, only driving on roads that are not an access highway, only if vehicles have extra safety equipment, etc. Testing the new drivers is a smart decision which everyone would agree with, this is also how people need to treat the elderly. Even though they have been driving for longer and have more experience than the new drivers, are they really safer behind the wheel? When twenty eight states and the District of Columbia have made and passed laws in forcing better license renewal for the elderly, it is not a topic that should be avoided! As people get older things start not to work as well as they did before. Eyes stop focusing as well as they did, especially at night. Losing your eye sight is one of the most common signs of having to reconsider driving (aoa.org). This normal aging change in the eyes focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time. Loss of hearing is another health condition that affects most elderly drivers, beginning at the age of sixty. (nicdcd.nih.gov) One in three people older than sixty and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss. These are huge numbers considering that they take up about nine percent of the driving population. Signs of having to get checked early may be if you didn’t hear a car honking, or if you did not hear an emergency vehicle behind you that had their lights on. Many people also lose their memory which in some cases it is worse than others. Elderly often suffer from AL timer’s disease. Al timers are a disease that makes a person forgets what and who things are. If an elderly person doesn’t have family around there is no one to control their driving. This is dangerous because they could easily forget where they are going, how to get there, what exit to turn off on. Pains arise in everyone’s life but it is more common in people that’s bodies don’t work as well as others, the elderly. Most of the elderly people are on an abundance of pain medications and or health medications. Elderly most often take muscle relaxants, antidepressants, corticosteroids, over the counter analgesics, no steroidal ant inflammatory drugs, and opiates. These problems themselves could be a huge problem on the road, but the medicines they are prescribed probably are not much better. Older adults are at risk of inadequate pain management, with age related factors affecting pain management. Some…
Two Portraits From The Same Period
The comparison between the two paintings from two paintings from the Brooklyn Museum
of Art, Elderly Lady With a Gold Wreath (A.D. 100-125) and Man With a Mole on His Nose (A.D.
130-150), reveals two different paintings from the same Roman period. They both come from
the origin of Egypt. They’re both also from the Roman period. Both paintings are painted to
look at the viewer. Both paintings are painted on limewood with encaustic painting technique…
Every year when everyone is off for summer my family has a reunion. The adults play
volleyball and softball, the elderly play bingo and dominoes, and the kids play with the other
kids. However, the kids were not physically playing but rather all staring at their tablets. My
nephew was seeing if his Hulk could beat my cousins Iron Man and my other two kin were
trading Pokemon through bluetooth. I tried convincing my nephew to come play two hand touch
but he was too fixated on his game…
health status, health-related behavior and health care services depending upon age, sex, race, ethnicity, social class, occupation and marital status.
The demographic population that I will focus on is age and how the elderly population is related to epidemiology. The elderly population for example, can affect the health status of a community in that they are more prone to health issues and illnesses. This also requires more frequent visits to the hospital and doctor’s office, requiring frequent…
primary source of identification. These include, but are not limited to:
A baptism certificate that includes a date of birth and place of baptism.
A military ID.
A draft card.
A marriage certificate.
A Social Security card.
A state issued ID (non-drivers license).
3. You can be considered a state resident if:
You register to vote within any Florida county.
You accept employment in the state.
You live in Florida for more than six months at a time.
You file for a homestead exemption.
You enroll your…
Title: Estate Planning For the Elderly
Course: TAX 6405-Gift, Estate, and Trust Taxation
Table of Contents
* Power of attorney
* Joint ownership of assets
* Lifetime gifts
* Long term care insurance
You may have heard a phrase like, “70 is the new 50.” There are large numbers of seniors living into their 80s and 90s. Estate taxation and planning has become a bigger concern, especially for baby boomers…
Benefits and Drivers Paper
MGT/445 Organizational Negotiations
March 24, 2013
Kudler Fine Foods is a food company that specializes in selling fresh grocery products with simple ingredients used to make gourmet meals. Nearly everything a customer could want would be found within Kudler Fine Foods. Currently Kudler Fine Foods operates from three locations each offering the same service. The company is a privately held, but seeks to offer stock publicly to increase…
this slowing down may not be looked at as a symptom of depression. About 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are affected by depression. There are several different forms of depression and they affect different age groups in different ways. In the elderly, the depression can be compounded or coupled with loss of a spouse, adult child, grandchild, and retirement, loss of a job or home and even confirmation of an illness. Long term, continued depression can lead to suicide in not only seniors but other…
The Neglect of the Elderly
With the growing number of senior citizens in our expanding society, abuse and neglect of the elderly is a widespread issue in our society. Neglect can come in many ugly forms and can be quite horrifying when actually investigated. When we as a society fail to meet the needs of our senior community we are only creating a perhaps dreadful prelude to our own inevitable destiny. Elder neglect is the failure to fulfill obligations to a senior citizen. According…
The elderly, or senior citizens, have always been considered a vulnerable population, physically, mentally, and socially. This population faces a variety of problems every day including many economic struggles. Older adults and the elderly are facing many financial challenges that may not have been anticipated. In spite of good planning and sensible living, their resources may be sorely compromised, sometimes destroyed. What can be done to help this population through the transition…
Ageism and the Elderly
Decrepit, senile, over the hill, old fart or slow driver are often the words you hear when referring to “the elderly”. In 1969, Robert Butler, the first director of the National Institute on Aging was the first to use the term “ageism” to describe the stereotyping of people because of their age. The term ageism contains a negative bias or attitude toward the aging. This it a form of discrimination. While there is other ‘isms used in American society; sexism, or racism…