Sample Sociology Paper on the U.S. Census Bureau on Aging

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average retirement age stands at 63. However, at this age, social security benefits tend to reduce and Medicare is not available as well. With this in my mind, my plan is to retire at the age of 65. I believe that retiring at this age will still allow me a few more years to enjoy more social security benefits as well as Medicare program services. The age for retirement is based on how I effectively manage my finances and health status.

Many people often give a little thought to how they should spend their time after retirement. However, it is a crucial initiative for an individual to maintain happiness and increase their life satisfaction. Once I retire, I plan to engage in part-time work such as running a small business. I firmly believe that this will help me to keep busy for a few hours and probably increase my financial security. Besides, my retirement activity plan is to volunteer in community-based services. Helping others certainly will not help me to fill part of the day. Nonetheless, this will be crucial as I will be able to maintain strong ties and foster new relationships with the members of my community. Volunteering will also enable me to share my skills and knowledge I had attained throughout my career for the benefit of others. Also, I will engage in regular exercise and physical activities in order to keep my body healthy, strong, and flexible. Engaging in intellectual conversations and solving puzzles will also help in keeping my mind fresh.

Some of the factors that will likely influence my own satisfaction with retirement are sociodemographic, physical, social, and mental capacity resources. Sociodemographic resources include family and education. Spending time with my family on a daily basis will certainly help me to reduce or deal with stress-related challenges. Education will enable me to have financial knowledge of how to manage various life events without over-estimation or overvaluing the situations. Physical resources such as income and wealth will have a significant influence on my life satisfaction as the monetary resources determine the coping options of an individual in nearly all stressful situations. The situations are such as the financial ability to access medical, legal, and other professional assistance. In addition, social resources will significantly influence my satisfaction in life with retirement, and they include social interactions and engaging in exercise activities (Fadila and Alam 115). Such activities will help me reduce the risk of boredom related to retirement adjustment. Mental capacity resources will also play a key role in increasing my life satisfaction with retirement. Engaging in relevant discussions and exercise activities will help me keep a fresh mind.

One of the most important things that the elderly persons engage in, especially after retirement is volunteerism. Volunteerism plays various roles in the lives of the elderly such as preventing their isolation, as well as, it reduces symptoms of depression. Regularly volunteering gets the elderly out into the community, and the community members tend to rely on their skills, and services. This gives the elderly a sense of purpose and responsibility within the community, and it also helps them to maintain strong ties, and foster new relationships. Regular volunteering helps the elderly to be physically active, hence reducing the risk of injuries and diseases (Fadila and Alam 115). Volunteerism also promotes improves the elderly mental health and longevity as well as helping in the reduction of the risk of dementia.

 

 

Part 2 Writing Assignment

Option 2

Social Support for Sandwich Generation Caregivers

It is essential to realize and understand the overwhelming stress that sandwich-generation caregivers encounter in the provision of holistic care to elderly adults with health problems, as well as any patient with an adverse chronic condition living at home. Sandwich-generation caregivers require social support in order to relieve them from the overwhelming stress they often experience on a daily basis. The social support can include helping them pay their own bills and their parents’ bills as well as picking up their family medications at the local pharmacy. They also are mandated to help in keeping track of the many medical records and health instructions required to manage their parents’ or any patient’s conditions. They also need help in making and attending healthcare, and medical appointments as well as staying with them. They further play a critical role in helping them to respond to unexpected situations like death (Buck 19).

Ways to Argue for Greater Government Support of Home-Based Services for Elderly      

As a concerned social worker, I would argue for greater government support of home-based services for the elderly in various ways. I would advocate for the equal distribution of government resources, as well as help the elderly get the resources that would help them to improve their well-being. I would also advocate for an effective government response to crisis situations such as natural. As such, I would follow up with the elderly clients to ensure they receive the government support benefits during the crisis. Another initiative that I would take is to help and refer my elderly clients to government resources such as food stamps and healthcare facilities. Thus, I would evaluate and ensure that the services they are provided with are effective. I would also help my elderly clients to work with various government agencies to apply for and advocate that they receive huge benefits from various health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Whether Long-Term Care Should Be Available for Everyone Regardless of Health

The U.S. long-term care (LTC) system should be an asset used by the federal government to establish strong local and regional community ties for everyone within the country. (Harrington et al. 3024) It is with no doubt that every individual living in the U.S. is entitled to long-term care regardless of health status or age. To achieve this goal, the federal government has the responsibility of coming up with an effective LTC policy. This will help to ensure that each individual accesses care services and receives healthcare support from any health setting across the country. However, despite the fact that everyone is entitled to long-term care, the country experiences challenges that can be attributed to the high demand for LTC care services as well as the limited number of caregivers. With this in mind, many people are still uncertain when it comes to acquiring or accessing long-term care services. A good number of people argue that the privilege of enrolling into the LTC system should be for the elderly and those living with disabilities. This should not be the case as everyone is entitled to receive the said healthcare services irrespective of health status.

 

 

Works Cited

Buck, Harleah G. “Help family caregivers in the “sandwich generation”.” Nursing2018 43.11 (2013): 19-20., https://journals.lww.com/nursing/Fulltext/2013/11000/Help_family_caregivers_in_the__sandwich.7.aspx

Fadila, Doaa El Sayed, and Raefa Refaat Alam. “Factors affecting adjustment to retirement among retiree’s elderly persons.” Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 6.8 (2016): 112-122., https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Raefa_Alam2/publication/300344961_Factors_affecting_adjustment_to_retirement_among_retirees’_elderly_persons/links/5960ff2b458515a357068a13/Factors-affecting-adjustment-to-retirement-among-retirees-elderly-persons.pdf

Harrington, Charlene, et al. “A national long-term care program for the United States: A caring vision.” JAMA 266.21 (1991): 3023-3029., http://www.pnhp.org/publications/JAMA12_4_91.htm