Meaning of Third Age

What is Third Age:

Third age is the stage of human life that begins at approximately 65 years of age onwards. This brand may vary according to the health and well-being conditions of the person, as well as according to their state of mind.

From a political and citizen point of view, each country has different criteria for establishing the age of passage to senility from a legal point of view. Thus, in some Latin American countries, the third age begins at 60 years of age.

Other words that can function as synonyms are old age, old age, senescence, older adult, second youth, and prolonged youth. These last two expressions are euphemisms that are presented as alternatives to erase the negative image of the aging process.

Old age is part of the life cycle and continues to adulthood or maturity, this stage in which the person reaches the maximum development of their potential, both at the biological, emotional, intellectual and work level in terms of vigor.

Thus, during senescence the person begins an aging process, which compromises their performance at least in terms of physical appearance. Other processes will depend on the particular characteristics of the individual.

The elderly are revered in various cultures for being the repositories of ancestral memory, traditions and collective wisdom.

In Western culture, however, the cult of youth predominates, which generates important conflicts in the social order, especially at a time marked by the increase in life expectancy.

Hence, for many it is difficult to talk about old age or accept aging itself. This is due, in part, to the fact that currently elderly people who perceive themselves as active and dynamic, can become victims of employment, affective or social discrimination.

Common problems of the elderly

In the elderly stage, it can be common for some problems to arise with a high frequency. Among them the following can be mentioned:

  • Depression in the elderly: it can be the result of both the person's self-evaluation of their history, as well as mental and biological disorders.
  • Loneliness in the elderly: this loneliness affects the elderly both as a consequence of the lack of specific company at home and in the perception of the misunderstanding of their immediate environment.
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