Development of the Agency for Forgotten Elderly

There are several different organizations designed to offer services and support for the elderly American citizen, including the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and The Gray Panthers, both organizations working toward improving the welfare of older Americans. This represents very limited support for the countless elderly that either do not understand how to access the benefits provided by these organizations or those that continue to be exploited by others in society. Older Americans are often the victim of many ageism prejudices and often they are abandoned by family members when they are considered no longer relevant as contributing members of society. Despite the best efforts of agencies such as AARP, older Americans often face psychological problems stemming from depression, loneliness, social isolation, or simple ageism from younger Americans still in their prime.The current economic climate creates many different budget cuts for social services, therefore many elder-related services have limited programs to help, thus this group tends to suffer more than any other social group (Dauphin, 2006, p.23). It has always been a problem, even prior to the aforementioned budget issues for social services, to come up with a meaningful organization equipped to provide extended support services for elderly Americans struggling with difficult social or psychological issues. In society, the elderly are often the target for many different exploitations, ranging from financial extortion and fraud to being unable to procure meaningful work because of ageist principles in the social norm. Elderly citizens are often abused by their caretakers or sociopathic types that seek to cause them emotional harm to justify their own egocentrism. Agencies such as AARP and The Gray Panthers simply are not equipped to handle these complicated issues with real-time support services.When older Americans are the victim of exploitation or abuse, they are often reluctant to report it because they feel ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated, afraid and may even defend the abuser (azag.gov, 2008, p.3).