Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow's Aging, the Individual, and Society PDF

By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

ISBN-10: 0495811661

ISBN-13: 9780495811664

Within the coming years, figuring out senior electorate can be extra very important than it is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate manner that is helping you realize them and know the way to paintings with them. it is balanced among educational and useful discussions, and choked with learn instruments. That approach, you will ace the category and be prepared for the longer term!

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1 the move of baby boomers into later life will profoundly affect regional and national policies on education, health, recreation, and economics. Older people, especially the oldest-old, are dependent on family, the government, or both, for physical, emotional, and financial help. America’s national self-concept will experience a shift from being a youth-oriented nation to one of mature citizenry with the movement of this cohort into old age. Most recent Census Bureau findings also highlight the strong growth of the older population from 1900 to 2000.

Thus, the statement “old people sit around all day” is a generalization that does not apply to the many active older individuals who work, write, paint, are physically active, or involve themselves in community affairs. Whether positive or negative, stereotypes are emotional impressions and are not based on objective information, and they categorize people. Stereotypes can interfere in our judgment by arousing strong and sometimes negative emotions, such as hatred or resentment. Hating or resenting any person or groups of people for any reason, but especially on the basis of a trait such as age, is both ignorant and unfair.

As we saw earlier, their numbers will double and their percentage of the population will rocket to over 20 percent. A controversy rages as to whether medical science can do anything further to extend life expectancy at birth to more than 85 years. In the past 125 years, the life expectancy of Americans has almost doubled: from 40 to nearly 80 years. But these gains in life expectancy, most of which have come through a combination of reducing deaths of the young (particularly infants) and mothers in childbirth, may have been the “easy” ones.

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