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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 18: Aging families • Three categories ◦ young old (65-74) ◦ older old (75-84) ◦ old-old (85+) • gender and life expectancy ◦ women, on average, live about five years longer than men • aging in today's economy ◦ older Americans live on social security benefits, private pensions from employers, personal savings and social welfare programs • older Americans and finances ◦ most are living in poverty • older women's finances ◦ older men are considerably better off financially than older women ◦ partly due to the fact that throughout their employment years, men averaged higher incomes ◦ women's social security benefits average about 76% of men's • marriage relationships in later life ◦ most older married couples describe their union as happy ◦ older Americans value and have interest in sex even into old age • widowhood and widowerhood ◦ adjustment to widowhood/widowerhood is an important and common family transition ◦ widowhood is usually a permanent status for older women ◦ usually begin with bereavement, a period of mourning, followed by gradual adjustment to the new, unmarried status and to the loss ◦ bereavement manifests itself in physical, emotional and intellectual symptoms • types of intergenerational connections...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course CHFD 2100 taught by Professor Simons during the Spring '08 term at UGA.
- Spring '08