Week 11 Aging Family 169

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Families and Aging Sociology 169 Spring 2011 Professor Silverstein
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Life Expectancy in the U.S.
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Ambivalence and the Success of the Longevity Revolution n What will an older society be like? n What will aging families be like? n What if we live too long?
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Overview n Demographic transition to an aging world n Effects of population aging on older people and their families n Societal-level conflicts between young and old: myth or reality? n Weaknesses and strengths in aging families: social change perspectives n Social policy issues facing aging individuals and their families
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Aging: More Longevity/ Less Fertility China’s billionth baby Jeanne Calment (1876-1997): The world’s oldest woman (121) She gave up cigarettes in 1995-- she was too blind to light up herself. She stopped riding her bicycle in 1976.
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Aging of America
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Centenarians n Those 100+ are the fastest growing segment of the population. n About 100,000 in the U.S.
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The Growth of the Oldest-Old
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Population Pyramids
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http://flatrock.org.nz/topics/money_politics_la w/boom_moves_along.htm
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Problems Attributed to Seniors is Greater than Problems Experienced by Seniors 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Under 65: Attributed
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Problems Attributed to Seniors is Greater than Problems Experienced by Seniors 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Under 65: Attributed 65 and Older: Experienced
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Anxiety Over Aging ….but you look so lifelike
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Change in Dependency Ratios over 100 Years 13 21 36 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 1950 2000 2050 Year Dependency Ratio Elderly
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Change in Dependency Ratios over 100 Years 51 42 42 13 21 36 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 1950 2000 2050 Year Dependency Ratio Youth Elderly
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Change in Dependency Ratios over 100 Years 51 42 42 13 21 36 64 63 78 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 1950 2000 2050 Year Dependency Ratio Youth Elderly Total Dep
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The Intergenerational Allocation of Societal Resources n The elderly are “greedy geezers” n The elderly deserve what they receive
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College Fund
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Divergent Paths for America’s Dependents
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The Elderly Are “Greedy Geezers” n Children are now America's new poor. Welfare cuts have occurred because of generous outlays for aging programs. n Need, not age, should be the criterion by which we give benefits. n Social security payments have increased faster than inflation while real wages have declined. n Aging baby-boomers will place excessive economic burden on future generations.
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The Elderly Are “Greedy Geezers” n Elderly use consume almost half of health care dollars, but are only 13% of population. n Elderly are powerful and have the world’s largest interest group (AARP) advocating for them. n Senior citizens vote and children do not, so their needs are better represented in Washington.
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Projected Rise in Costs for Social Security and Medicare as % of GDP
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The Elderly Receive What They Deserve n Labor market and family conditions, not government policies for the aged, have caused childhood poverty. n
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course SOCI 169gm taught by Professor Pillitteri during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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