Week 2 Notes.docx - CONTROVERSY 1 DOES OLD AGE HAVE MEANING Humans live in a world full of symbolism and shared meaning “Meaning” is so powerful it


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CONTROVERSY 1: DOES OLD AGE HAVE MEANING? Humans live in a world full of symbolism and shared meaning. “Meaning” is so powerful, it can even be a matter of life or death 1. Does old age have a meaning for society? 2. How do individuals actually experience their lives as meaningful in the last stage of life? Society plays a crucial role - As a society, we do not have sexual standards or perceptions towards old people - The only thing that differentiates sexual activity between elders and young people is access to sex. Illness or physiological factors do not affect. - Social gerontology seeks to answer these questions by studying to areas of life that provide contrasting views of activity and disengagement: Leisure and religion LEISURE ACTIVITIES In old age, leisure often begins to take the place of work, both in terms of having more free time and as a way of finding meaning in life. Leisure is defined as an activity engaged in for its own sake; an end in itself - Stereotypes of “old people’s activities” (e.g., shuffleboard, bingo, etc.) are mistaken because age alone doesn’t predict what people do with their leisure time in later life. It is important to take into consideration that old people are not all alike and different aspects such as individual differences, gender, and SES all play a big part in leisure preferences. Changing patterns of leisure activities People over age 65 continue to engage in the same activities with the same people as they did in middle age. - Patterns of late-life leisure have important implications for the economy in an aging society - Education and income are the biggest factors in how older people spend their free time. If someone has a lot of money and free time, leisure activities will be completely different than for someone who has a lower SES - Retired people who have more money have more choices, and are more likely to change their patterns of activity more often - Note: 13- 16 years old, we go through a process of deidentification. The rejection and distance we have from our parent’s beliefs. After 20, there will be no significant changes in religious beliefs. - Millennials are more physically conservative and socially liberal than previous generations RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY: Three-quarters of older Americans say that religion is “very important” in their lives - Religious involvement in old age tends to follow a pattern of multidimensional disengagement : As people grow older, they may withdraw from some activities (such as attending church), but show an increase in personal religious practice (such as Bible study or listening to religious TV and radio)
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Older Americans continue to display patterns of religious identification similar to those among younger age groups: older women have higher levels of religious participation and belief than older men Churches and religious organizations play many roles in the lives of older people: formal religious programs, pastoral care programs, sponsors or providers of social services.
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