11 Aging

11 Aging - Chapter 11 Aging Out of Sight More people are living longer depends on 1 societys assumptions about what it means to be old 2.our

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Chapter 11 Aging - Out of Sight More people are living longer depends on: 1. society’s assumptions about what it means to be old 2.our economic situation Seniors often view as a burden, frail, forgetful and dependent Separate - a particular period in ones’ life. “problematic” Hidden - Their experience is not valued Dependent - in need of help from others Useless - non contributing members of society Aboriginal Canadian saying “At 75 or 80 you can still chop wood; when you can’t then you are old.” possessing wisdom Inuit: no “senior citizen”, “socially recognized work” till they are able Gender : Men - gain prestige, but double standard for women Most Canadians spend 1/5 of their lives in retirement Definition Oxford Canadian Dictionary = “an elderly person, especially a person over 65.” An “elderly” is “rather old; past middle age.” Statistics Canada seniors increase from 4.2 m.l to 9.8 m.l > 2005 ~2036 2005 women 75% of aged 90 + Canada 2056, 27% seniors centenarians 2026 increase 22% 2001, 50% 1996.2036 increase14,100+ of “Retirement” Compulsory retirement - 65 been eliminated in some provinces and challenged under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is it discriminatory to have compulsory retirement (ageism?) 1990 court judgment: University of Guelph professor the court stated that “there is a general relationship between advancing age and declining ability.” retirement with economic security → welcoming, but not for without security Housewives(family obligations) -lose economic security (caring for ill spouse/ elderly parents) Unions unions slogans “thirty and out” - offer workers take pensions early (after 30) Work often defines people - wellbeing and dignity. loss of work - devastating The end of work ≠ the end of usefulness and purpose
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course SOC 136 taught by Professor I during the Spring '10 term at Seneca.

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11 Aging - Chapter 11 Aging Out of Sight More people are living longer depends on 1 societys assumptions about what it means to be old 2.our

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