2007%20aging - Aging & the Elderly What do you think is the...

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1 What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion. What does “to be old” mean to you? Introduction Population aging… – a growth in proportion of older people, typically Geriatrics… – physiological aspects of aging
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2 Gerontology Gerontology… Aging Society: Cultural change • Young old… – 65-74 years • Older elderly… – 75 – 84 years • Oldest old… –85+ – (2/3 are women) 69 73 74 77 77 80 89 92 178 Identifying ‘Older’ Adults • Age homophily – tendency to socialize with people of similar age • In-group vs. out-group phenomenon • Heterogeneity vs. Homogeneity Stereotypes Negative •S ick •Iso la
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3 Positive •Go l fe rs • Bakers • Knitters • Bingo! Stereotypes The Greying of Canada • In 2006 – those 65+ yrs. were 13% of the population • In 2006 – median age was 38.8 years • The proportion of elderly is increasing in all rich nations The Greying of Canada Population by sex and age group Canada 2006 Persons (1000's) Male Female % of total Male Female 65 to 69 1,228.20 591.1 637.1 3.8 3.7 3.9 70 to 74 1,044.90 490.3 554.6 3.2 3 3.4 75 to 79 879.1 387.9 491.2 2.7 2.4 3 80 to 84 639.5 249.7 389.7 2 1.5 2.4 85 to 89 344.3 115.7 228.7 1.1 0.7 1.4 90 and older 178.3 47.3 131.1 0.5 0.3 0.8 Totals Canada 32,623.50 16,155.50 16,468.00 Note: Population as of July 1. Source: Statistics Canada Last modified: 2006-10-26. Life Expectancy • 2 Factors: –Low birth rates –Increasing longevity • Medical advances • Rising standard of living
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4 Number of men per 100 women, age group 65 and over, Canada, 1901-2001 Men per 100 women in 65+ age group 1901 105 1911 104 1921 105 1931
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1020E taught by Professor Luton during the Spring '11 term at UWO.

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