KIC000002 - 9/22/2011 Cultural Perspectives on Aging...

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Cultural Perspectives on Aging Van Gogh Views on Aging According to evolutionary psychology - traditional double standard of aging goes back to universal drive to perpetuate species Women lose reproductive capacity earlier than men Loss of appearance may have warned man that a woman was no longer desirable as mate (katchadounan, 1987) Today value of relationship not measured only by biological mandate to reproduce - societal standard "regards beauty as he exclusive preserve of the young" Makes women self-conscious about their bodies . .. can be detrimental to personal growth sense of self-worth Cultural Views on Aging Is It considered rude to <15ksomeone their aile? o In Japan, old age has high mtus - traditional for travelers checking into hotel to be asked their age o This ensures that they get proper deference 1,.'_'Ohdp. ... <ti><ioI' . . ' . . . 'J o Man celebrating 60th birthday wears red vest, symboliZing rebirth into advanced phase of life o In American culture today, aging seen as undesirable
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