Social Equity and Human Rights for the Ageing Population Essay

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In the year 2030 the importance of meaningful leisure pursuits remains an essential component of social equity and human rights for the ageing population. Fulfilling a broad role in a healthy life course, leisure becomes a replacement for working life, meeting the physical, psychological, and social needs of the retired. Despite this, many aged people face retirement socially isolated, void of self-discovery and development, and ageism has succeeded in removing the aged from leisure opportunities and experiences. In planning a short stay to the Melbourne Cup for aged clients, the role of leisure was carefully considered, with significant attention focused on the ethics of animals as leisure commodities – both in sport and as companions. …show more content…
865; Mansvelt, 1997, pp. 292, 295). When leisure access is restricted, due to ageist attitudes of incapacity and inactivity (Wearing, 1995, p. 274; Dergance et al., 2003, pp. 863, 865), the result can be social isolation, loneliness, and poor physical and psychological health (Capalb, O’Halloran, & Liamputtong, 2014, p. 76; Edington, Deiser, Graaf, & Edington, 2006, p. 198).
With the average lifespan lengthening, the period after working life, or retirement, has taken on new meaning (Scherger et al., 2011, pp. 147, 149). Often regarded as a period of fragility, decline, poor health and withdrawal, theories of ageing have failed to encapsulate the diversity and opportunities afforded many of today’s ageing population (Scherger et al., 2011, p. 147). With increased wealth and better health, the aged have come to view older age as a period free from economic and time constraints, offering opportunities for self-development, new experiences (Scherger et al., 2011, p. 147), and learning (Liechty, Yarnal, & Kerstetter, 2012, p. 401). Leisure takes on added meaning as it fills important social roles no longer occupied by employment, and enhances a continuation of the life course (Scherger et al., 2011, p. 150). Contradictory to ageist attitudes, the aged actively seek out leisure roles to maintain identity and remain productive, and leisure is used as a means to remain socially, physically, and

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