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According Longino (2005), the size of the baby boomers generation, their wealth, higher education levels, and general health, are likely to be engaged in the wider society as they approach old age. The author gives a discussion of the positive and negative perceptions of the consequences that the baby boomer generation will have on the culture of the United States and the entire society as they approach old age. He further makes the argument that boomer aging is perceived to be an engulfing crisis emerging from ageism. The positive matters linked with this unique group are thought o change the aging perceptions of institutions and people completely if merged with their numbers (Cruishank, 2002). It is further stated in the article that communities may lack the competence, wisdom and judgment that this increasing number of elders can provide. It is deemed that the many challenges anticipated with old age will generate creative solutions. The author thinks that many of these baby boomers are attaining the age whereby retirement from their employment is either obvious or mandatory.
21st Century Ageism Forms
Developments in the 21st century health care and science have changed the description of longevity for quite many people; all the same, gerontologists are very careful bearing in mind that the community and the society at large has not yet made a reflection of the possibilities coming along with the additional years and ultimately, many elders will be in perpetual marginalization in the 21st century. While looking for better aging reflections, we should be thoughtful that the many baby boomers will possibly alter the face of an aging mass (Longino, 2005). The baby boomer generation altered the social and economic standards in the entire life span and is thought to have the biggest influence during their old ages.
The trend of the population of elderly is expected to rise greatly towards the end of the 21st century owing to their golden years. The least expectation to the baby boomer generation as well as the hardest places to assimilate into will be hospitals, nursing homes and institutions. Complete dependency on providers of service and the support for family on their needs is deemed to lead to psychological pain for this cohort make preference of their control and freedom all through their lives. This is believed to be one of the difficult obstacles to challenge for the industry of human service in the 21st century (Cruishank, 2002).
All said and done, social shift in views concerning old age, physical changes and age norms are expected. The challenges that the society and the providers of human service encounter in such generations are quite many. Whilst changes in the individual and societal attitudes are gradually coming, the base of knowledge is spontaneously advancing. Ageism is thought to bring along increasing knowledge, improvement of health, increasing affluence, increasing research as well as reductions in other kinds of prejudice. These shifts and developments show the verge of decreasing ageism impact (Longino, 2005; Cruishank, 2002).
It is expected that women will have different experiences; they may not really continue to experience sexism and ageism. This is because employers are in a way reluctant to hire the aging individuals (Cruishank, (2002). The fear is also inflicted in providing training which may not be repaid as well as the gaps in the history of the worker's employment; these are reasons which depend on gender. While the gaps in men are out of unemployment or redundancy, women will take breaks from paid jobs for the reason of nurturing children or other people depending on them. All the same, both genders find it difficult to return to the job market. Ageism is expected to define the upper limits of age of employment without big shifts in practices and attitudes taking into account the experiential studying making sure that women can go back to the place of work after breaks of career, age-neutral training promotion, career and progression opportunities of development, and the acceptance of more flexible retirement and working options.
In this muddle, the paramount hope is to provide society with an aging appreciation as well as a new consciousness concerning the meaning of aging and what it can refer to. There is a need to get old in a graceful manner (Cruishank, 2002). Since aging is can be seen by way of constructed lenses, the capability of addressing ageism drags our abilities to define race, sexual orientation and gender. Coming up with a non-ageist society will require effort. Liberating people and helping them find their older identity suitable for them in a comfortable way, as well as empowering elders to make a choice of the aging perception good for them is actually the only approach in unraveling the ageism forces.