Chapter 17 - Chapter 17 Lat Adulthood Physical Development...

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Chapter 17 Lat Adulthood – Physical Development The oldest-old is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Oldest-old are people who are 85 or older. When a woman reaches 65 years old she has a little over 19 years of life left. A man who reaches 65 can expect 15 more years. Older people may experience ageism. –Ageism is the prejudice and discrimination that is directed at older people. Example. An older person forgets something and we assume they are chronically forgetful. A younger person forgets something and we assume it’s temporary and that it’s because they are stressed and have too much on their minds. In fact see Table 17.1 has a host of myths concerning aging. Myth: The majority of old people feel miserable most of the time. Myth: The majority of old people are socially isolated. Myth: At least 10% of the aged are living in long-stay institutions. Double standard for appearance: Women who show signs of aging are judged more harshly than are men. I.e. news broadcasters.
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