F08 Lecture- Chp 18 - Chp 18 Social Theories of Aging...

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Social Theories of Aging Disengagement Theory Mutual withdrawal of elders and society Activity Theory Social barriers cause declining interaction Continuity Theory Strive to maintain consistency between past and future Socioemotional Selectivity Theory Social networks become more selective with age; extends lifelong process Emphasize emotion-regulating functions of social contact
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Social Contexts of Aging Communities Majority live in suburbs - higher income Minorities in cities - better transportation, social services Few small town, rural - far from children; interact with  neighbors, friends § Housing Less like home life, harder to adjust § Neighborhoods Prefer other seniors Fear of crime and victimization
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Friendships in  Late Adulthood Friends provide: Intimacy Companionship Acceptance Link to community Help with loss Feels closest to a few nearby friends Chooses friends similar to self
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