1How Aging and Family Structure Interrelate in SocietySean L ReevesThomas Edison State UniversitySOC-101 Introduction to SociologyProf. Roberta CampbellJuly 11th, 2021
2The Status of EldersAccording to Griffiths et al., (2017) “Many media portrayals of the elderly reflectnegative cultural attitudes toward aging. In the United States, society tends to glorify youth andassociate it with beauty and sexuality. In comedies, the elderly is often associated withgrumpiness or hostility. Rarely do the roles of older people convey the fullness of lifeexperienced by seniors—as employees, lovers, or the myriad roles they have in real life.”(p.274). More times than not elders are not looked at be the best looking or the main character,but as one with the most wisdom and experience. The status of elders in society lowers over timebecause they become less useful to others unless they played a vital role in their life or at animportant time in history. Personally, I would say most people would not consider elders to be aburden. At the same time, it can be seen as a burden because most family households do not havethe time and money to take care of their elders full time. Which brings nursing homes into play.