Stereotypes and Images
What are some of our ideas about what
the elderly are like?
How do we expect old women to look?
How do we expect old men to act?
Stereotypes of Aging
Generalized beliefs or opinions based on
Social and Psychological Theories in Later
Different lenses from which to view an event
Help us understand and organize.
Help us analyze data (information gathered by
Quantitative development emphasize
Physical Health and
The Aging of America: Triumph or Tragedy
The Aging Body
Absolute life span maximum possible
chronological age that a human can live
(approximately 120 years)
The Psychology of Aging
The vast majority of people aged 65 and
over are in good mental health.
Age-related changes in mental health
involve correlations between
chronological age and mental health
These conditions are n
Friends, Family, and Community
Family Development in Later Life
Important transitions occur: widowhood,
retirement, remarriage, childs
Transitions lead to: new behaviors,
changes in self-concept, changing
Later life is
Aging in America
What do we mean by old?
Are there different kinds of aging?
An Interdisciplinary Topic
The study of the human aging process from maturity to
old age and the study of older adults as a special