Ch. 20 - Successful Aging Older adults functioning is the...

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One third will marry, divorce, and remarry, replacing the traditional marriage that ends only in widowhood Cohabitation increasing Those married or partnered in late adulthood are happier than those who are single Marital satisfaction is often greater for older women than older men Great-grandparenting Undefined role Young children interact more with grandparents than great grandparents Serve to transmit family history Friendships Prefer close to peripheral Friendships more important than families in predicting mental health Also linked to mortality Stronger ties for women than men Social support important for mental and physical health and longevity Social disengagement related to cognitive decline Ethnicity and Older Adulthood Ethnic minority older adults are more likely to live in poverty More likely to be sick, less likely to receive treatment Cultural ties to ethnic communities can provide a buffer to stress faced by again minorities Ethnic minority women face the combined disadvantages of sexism, ageism, and racism
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Unformatted text preview: Successful Aging Older adults functioning is the result of better health habits such as: Eating a proper diet Having an active lifestyle Engaging in mental stimulation and flexibility Having positive coping skills Having good social relationships and support Avoiding a disease Having a sense of self-efficacy and a perceived control of environment Peck reworked Erikson’s stages to include 7 tasks for successful aging Four of the seven happen in middle adulthood Valuing wisdom vs. physical powers Socializing vs. sexualizing human relationships Emotional flexibility vs. emotional impoverishment Mental flexibility vs. mental rigidity Three adjustments of late adulthood Broader self-definition of self vs. preoccupation with work roles Transcendence of body vs. preoccupation with body Transcendence of ego vs. preoccupation with ego...
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