Respect Your Elders: An Examination of Elder Care in the United States
This paper examines the repercussions of governmental policies and older adult stereotypes on the overall quality of care for older adults in the United States of America. This quality of care will be determined by analyzing how England’s, South Korea’s, Germany’s, Canada’s, and India’s programs and values with respect to elder care have impacted the health and well-being of the elderly. Studies on insurance systems, long-term care facilities, and workplace discrimination will be reviewed and compared. The findings show the United States to be trailing behind other countries in terms of quality of care, such as, citizens are paying more out-of-pocket expenses when it comes to insurance and long-term care facilities, individualized care in some long-term care facilities is neglected, and financial security in retirement could be improved. In addition, America has a higher older adult poverty rate than other countries such as Canada, which could be due to the differences in retirement plans. Regarding workplace inequity, the findings show this to be a problem in multiple countries. Education on ageism and elder rights could be a way to combat discrimination.