Journal 2 week 3-4-5 & synthesis 9-22-12 - Week 3 Journal The week started with our first student facilitators and their PowerPoint Changing Images

Journal 2 week 3-4-5 & synthesis 9-22-12 - Week 3...

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Week 3 Journal The week started with our first student facilitators and their PowerPoint, Changing Images of Aging, which was very interesting. The conclusion is that aging is a global phenomenon. The countries in her PowerPoint, China, Mexico, Peru, Denmark, and Japan are all seeing their counties turn gray with the ever-increasing aging population. Gooden assessed that those countries, including the U.S. have in common, technology advancement, declining family participation, and needed government intervention. A review of the life course reveals that times have changed due to a more modern culture and globalization. Berry pointed out that in some countries aging is rapid and others it has occurred over years. I can certainly identify with the post made by another classmate. I see that the population continues to increase. What are we going to do when it gets to be too many people? Do we have a plan to address cultural needs as it relates to increase population and how will it be handled?[ CITATION Fer12 \l 1033 ] The information form the World Health Organization (WHO) brought into focus aging in the developed and undeveloped countries. As Lorenzo stated “This is not just industrial nations but also those identified as third world or emerging. Bayless noted that due to the women in the workforce and less childbirth, countries are having to adapt and are creating laws to deal with the changes in aging, particularly the ‘old old’ aging population. WHO used the term ‘Active’ aging and extend it beyond just working in the labor force or being physically active but as I posted, it is ‘a continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs.’ Lane remarked that she had not thought of ‘active aging’ in that respect and those are some very “powerful words.” She went on to mention that the WHO defines health as “Maintaining autonomy and independence for older people is a key goal in the 1
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policy framework for active aging.” The startling fact on the WHO website is that by 2050, two billion people will be aged 60 and older. To sum it all up, Wilson posted that “the growing elderly population is of concern of all nations.” The video viewed this week was an eye opener and so appropriately titled Ethnicity, Race and Aging. It only further illustrates the challenges, difficulties and fear of those aging, both by the aged and the family of the aged, who faces cultural, language, sex and gender barriers. Chong on my Council of Elders was compelled to speak on this video, as the family was Korean, as she is. Chong was happy to translate the Korean language to English. She spoke on her 86 year old mother aging back in Korea, and gave her thoughts on aging in America. She declared that Koreans have always had a sense of duty to their parents but unfortunately, things over there in her country are becoming more live over here, meaning that children don’t care about their aged parents anymore. I see that as part of the globalization that was discussed above.
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  • Spring '14
  • Conway-Lon
  • Gerontology, AGING, LGBT community

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