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FCE 225 Chapter 17: Late Adulthood Aging: Myth and Reality Ageism: stereotyping and judging a group of people solely on the basis of their age Gerontology: the study of aging and the special problems associated with it Geropsychology: the study of the behavior and needs of the elderly Older Adults Future Growth: United States -In 2006, approximately 37.3 million people were age 65 or older -By 2006, there were 5.3 million people aged 85 or older -The projection is that by 2050, there could be 21 million people aged 85 and older Effects Increase in the minority elderly population will affect economics and poverty rates Increased health care costs Increased dependency ration Increased demand for resources Emergence of older people as a political force and social movement Myths Most persons age 65 and older live in hospitals, nursing homes, other institutions The elderly are incapacitated and in bed because of illness Most elderly people are “prisoners of fear” by virtue of their fear of crime Most people over age 65 are in serious financial straits Most grown children live away from their elderly parents and abandon them Gender Women live longer than men Women account for about 60% of the population age 65 and older Women account for about 70% of the population age 85 and older
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course FCE 225 taught by Professor Odom during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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chapter 17 - FCE 225 Chapter 17: Late Adulthood Aging: Myth...

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