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SO/AN/NU/SW 344-01: Aging: Myth and Realities A Life Course Perspective on Aging
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Aging is Biological Wear and Tear —the balance between the body’s exposure to damage and its ability to repair itself shifts, and it becomes harder for the body to heal itself Free Radicals —contributes to physical aging; free radicals (ionized oxygen molecules) are the waste products that result from continuous cell metabolism o If these proteins become inactive and are unable to carry out their functions, they can become a destructive force The Immune System —the immune system’s job is to defend the body against invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites; with normal aging, the body’s ability to fight invaders declines
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Aging is Social Aging experiences vary according to culture, place and time (history). Culture – the way of a people, including values, beliefs, norms Includes: meanings of elders and the aging process, social policies towards older people, expectations of the timing of life events, etc.
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Biological Social Biological and Social are Inter-related (Biosocial)
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Social Construction Focuses on the categories and meaning- systems that humans use to interpret their world Categories and ideologies are not neutral and “obvious” but are created through interacting social groups within a historically contextualized culture that is laden with various levels of power
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Categories and Languages People with more power (e.g.- scientists, politicians, leaders of bureaucracies and institutions etc.) have more ability to fix meanings (but these meanings are always being challenged).
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