Proximity to death Aging as declines Late adulthood vs early childhood Aging is

Proximity to death aging as declines late adulthood

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Proximity to death Aging as declines Late adulthood vs early childhood Aging is processes that occur after humans have reached peak reproductive capacity Humans did not evolve to experience “aging” Multidimensional aging Physical aging Cognitive aging Social and emotional aging Facts and fictions about an aging society MYTHS: Aging in america is a temporary phenomenon caused by the baby boom Physical and mental capacity inevitably decline with biological aging Aging mainly impacts the elderly In an aging society, the young and old are inevitably pitted against each other Policy-makers must choose between investments in youth or the elderly The biggest public problems facing an aging america stem from social security and medicare/medicaid We can stabilize the age of our population by increasing immigration Sept 7th, 2017 Distribution of older adults worldwide Populations are getting older worldwide Factors driving the aging trend Industrialization and modernization Declining fertility Declining mortality Demographic transition theory
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Population distribution and industrialization Preindustrial society vs post industrial society From high birth and death rates To low birth and death rates Modernization theory = myth Agrarian vs Urbanized agrarian: older adults > young modern: young > old Do societies treat older adults differently? No Variation in life expectancy Gender Females have a higher life expectancy than males Race Whites have a higher life expectancy than blacks Education More educated, higher life expectancy Cumulative disadvantage Childhood traumas lead to: Mental health Socioeconomic status Adulthood chronic illness Blue Zones and where the oldest people live Sardinia Italy Loma Linda California Okinawa Japan Nicoya Costa Rica Ikaria Greece Readings for Sept 12, 2017 30 Lessons for Living why he wrote this book: to provide you with concrete, practical advice about how to make the most of your life in precisely those ways when you put together lots of older people who have lived rich and fulfilling lives and who are willing to share their life lessons with others, you have a unique source of guidance Older Americans: The Experts on Living older people have one unique source of knowledge that the rest of us do not: they have lived their lives enormous amount of life experience older people have lived in a very different way from Americans today risked their lives in WWII some survived the Holocaust most grew up in times of sore deprivation
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this has shaped their attitudes toward wealth and material goods they have a unique perspective that provides a much needed antidote to conventional wisdom about the “good life” in contemporary American society conventional wisdom: what the members of a society learn while they are growing up
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