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Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology Wednesday April 28, 2010 Aging
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The “Graying” of U.S. Society: How Do Populations Age? Because of low mortality and fertility rates, American society is rapidly graying, or aging Today there are roughly 36 million Americans older than sixty-five; the forecast is 70 million by the year 2030 The elderly are a large, growing category that is extremely diverse economically, socially, and politically Most rapidly growing group: the “oldest old” (85+)
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Statistical Indicators of Population Aging Proportion ages 65+ Life expectancy Mean/median age of a population
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Composition of U.S. Population (2010): Age & Sex
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How Will Future Cohorts Age? Baby Boomers (b. 1946-64) are expected to have even longer, healthier lives than current cohorts of older adults due to: Increased educational attainment Better health behaviors Perceived agency, control over health decisions Re-invention of stereotypes about aging
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What Do Senior Citizens Look Like? Goldie Hawn, 65 Morgan Freeman, 72 Mick Jagger, 66
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Older Adults Even Have Their Own Reality Show…. http://www.wetv.com/sunsetdaze
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Future Cohorts of Older Adults Obesity epidemic Unstable marital histories Marriage is an important source of health
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