Aging in america biological effects of aging are

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Aging in America Biological effects of aging are relatively universal Lifestyle and general good health can lengthen lifespan and improve quality of life Access to assistive devices improves quality Both of these factors can be affected by what society one lives in, what class or race on  is and other factors. What norms, values, and roles are associated with the elderly?
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People are working longer and longer Older adults maintain active lives (including active sex lives) Disengagement theory Assumes frailty and dependence Older adults may selectively main fewer but higher quality relationships Activity Theory: busy and engaged older adults can be “functional for society” Active individuals stay healthier, more “socially useful” Esp when there is continuity with earlier activities Functionalist theories focus on adaptation of elderly to existing conditions—what if  conditions are unjust? -Conflict Theory—injustice, jobs decline and old is pitted against young -life course theory aging is a life long process cumulative advantage/ adversity matters “Problems” of aging:  social isolation prejudice elder abuse health BUT the elderly are much more likely to stay “active” now than before QUESTIONS TO THINKG ABOUT FOR FRIDAY What part do older adults play in their own socialization? How might we need to re-think the social roles “assigned” to the elderly? What does the “graying” of America really mean for our society?
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