By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

ISBN-10: 0495811661

ISBN-13: 9780495811664

Within the coming years, figuring out senior electorate may be extra vital than it really is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate means that is helping you recognize them and understand how to paintings with them. it truly is balanced among educational and sensible discussions, and full of research instruments. That means, you will ace the category and be prepared for the long run!

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Undeniably, segregation further generates misunderstandings and conflict. Other gerontologists, alternatively, maintain that ageism is declining. They point Aging in America 27 Healthfulness and longevity together are key to a shifting image of the older person. to the improved health of seniors and to retirement communities composed of increasingly younger retirees who seem happy and content. In such contexts the image of older persons is improving. In addition, the increasing numbers of elders may be leading to a psychological shift away from a youth-oriented culture, toward a more life-course inclusive identification.

We have accepted tension between youth and age. As a nation, the United States clearly identifies as youth-oriented. Respect by the young for the old in our society is not a given. It is not deeply imbedded in the fabric of our society. Some people view the increasing number of older adults as a burden on society, referring to the economic burden of providing care for the unemployed elders who depend on society for financial aid. The number of people 65 and older relative to the working population (those 18–64) is called the old age–dependency ratio.

Give examples. 2. Talk to several of the oldest people you know about their aging. How do they feel about growing older? Have the same conversation with a few of the youngest people you know. How do the responses of the young people compare to the responses of the older adults? 3. Ask several young adults how many older people they have spent time with over the last week. Ask several older adults how many young people they’ve spent time with over the last week or month. Do you find evidence of age segregation?

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