GTY 154 - Chapter 4V2

GTY 154 - Chapter 4V2 - GTY 154 Demography Demography Will...

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GTY 154 Demography
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Demography Will population aging lead to a “tidal wave” of: Higher costs Burden Crisis
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Demographic Determinism Comes from belief in “apocalyptic demography” Does not account for society’s ability to adapt Diversity of older population Policy
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Demography Statistical study of human populations, especially with reference to size and density, distribution, and vital statistics Demography of aging Focuses on older people in the population and the impact of population aging on society
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Absolute Number
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Median Age
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Proportion Shows the relationship between the older group and the rest of society More often used by gerontologists compared to the other two Gives an indication of how much influence the older group will have on social life
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Measuring Trends All three show the same trend Aging of the U.S. population Each gives a unique perspective
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Causes of Population Change Migration A relatively small role in US population aging Less impact today than in past
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Causes of Population Change Death Rates More people survived to old age in the 20 th century than ever before Changes in life expectancy Decreases in infant mortality Projected increase in life expectancy ages 65+
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Causes of Population Change
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GTY 154 - Chapter 4V2 - GTY 154 Demography Demography Will...

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