Gerontology and the Study of Aging

Gerontology and the Study of Aging - Five Basic Reactions...

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Gerontology and the Study of Aging Ageism: Discrimination or prejudice based on a person’s age Gerontologists study aging and its effects Intellectual Abilities: Fluid abilities: Abilities requiring speed or rapid learning; based on perceptual and motor abilities; may decrease with age Crystallized abilities: Learned (accumulated) knowledge and skills; vocabulary and basic facts Death and Dying; Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Ross was a thanatologist: One who studies emotional and behavioral reactions to death and dying Ross described five basic reactions to death that occur, not necessarily in the following order or experienced by everyone
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Unformatted text preview: Five Basic Reactions to Death (Kubler-Ross) Denial and Isolation Denying deaths reality and isolating oneself from information confirming that death will occur (Its a mistake; the doctors are wrong) Anger Asking, Why me? Anger may then be projected onto the living Bargaining Terminally ill will bargain with God or with themselves (If I can live longer Ill be a better person) Depression Feelings of futility, exhaustion and deep sadness Acceptance If death is not sudden, many will accept death calmly Person is at peace finally with the concept of death...
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