One of the problems faced by the elderly is the social problems of specific sorts. To better understand this, one must address and explore the problem to gain a better insight into this predicament that could have an impact not only on the individual alone but also the society.A variety of problems are usually encountered by people belonging to diverse age groups including the elderly. The elderly are confronted by different dilemmas which can be attributed to a variety of aspects and contributing factors. One of the problems faced by the elderly is the social problems of specific sorts. When referring to social problems of the age, people are usually referring to particular practical problems encountered most common among older people (Gormally, 1992). One of the social problems encountered by the elderly is abuse stemming from a variety of reasons such as the lack of quality provisional care that could lead to depression. The elderly are the nation’s fastest-growing population. it is estimated that, by 2030, approximately twenty percent or 20% of the U.S. population will be age sixty-five or older as given emphasis by the article entitled, How Well Prepared are Texas Dental Hygienists to Recognize and Report Elderly Abuse?, which is written by Murphree et al. (2002). The authors also stressed that while Americans of all ages are at risk for family violence, the elderly are especially vulnerable. it was also highlighted by Murphree et al. (2002) the number of individuals who are victims of elder abuse has reached epidemic proportions. Moreover, statistics on elder abuse differ greatly, but studies from around the United States estimate that between seven hundred thousand or 700,000 and 2.5 million individuals are abused annually (Murphree et al., 2002).This paper is written by Murphree et al. (2002) aimed to correlate the identification of elderly abuse by dentists during dental visits. According to Murphree et al. (2002), the average elderly person makes two dental visits per year.
The Social Dilemma Encountered by the Elderly