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Aging & The Elderly

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Sam Buemi

on 26 October 2015

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Transcript of Aging & The Elderly

Sociological Impact of A Biological Change
Cultural change
Elderly more visible
Lifespan Stages
Neglect, torment

1 million+ suffer emotional, physical, & financial harm or neglect

Abuse likely if the caregiver:
Works full time
Cares for young children
Is poor
Feels little affection for the older person
Finds the elderly person very difficult
Gets no support or help
Prejudice and discrimination against older people
Ageism is deeply rooted in our culture.

When are you considered an adult?
Psychological Changes
Aging doesn't mean decrepit
Personality changes
more introspective.
Stable personalities
Aging and Culture
Transitions and Challenges
of Aging
Limited care to the elderly?
Last 6 months: 30% of entire life’s care
Right to Die?
Theoretical Perspective
Structural-functional analysis
Disengagement theory–removal of responsibility.
Symbolic-interaction analysis
Activity theory– active lifestyle
Social-conflict analysis
Inequality based on age categories
Age stratification
What if you felt "old"?
Aging and the Elderly
Gerontology - Study of Aging & Elderly
Graying of United States
Transitions/challenges if Life Expectancy Increases.
Around the Country

"When I'm 64"
Extra (Not Required)
Lifespan By Country:
Growing old varies
Happy Birthday
Examining Birthday Cards
Finding meaning
Social isolation - more problematic for women
Poor Caregiving
Elder Abuse
Which one is before, during & after?

Typical of High Income Nations
medical advances
Decreased birth rate
Industrialization increased life +30 yrs
22 million have cataracts; mostly over age 40
95% of those over 70 develop some sort of vision loss.
Changes begin midlife, become more pronounced by ages 60-70
At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
Lightness of touch, pain, temperature, vibration, spatial acuity, skin changes, hand-grip
Mobility- Affected by strokes, arthritic, and pulmonary diseases, and accident.
45%-Ages 65-79
80%-Ages 80+

The Census Bureau - difficulty performing daily/basic tasks.45%-Ages 65-79
80%-Ages 80+
- 50% of those between 65-80 have a hard time identifying odors.
List Stereotypes about College Students
What is the likelihood that each of us will serve as a caregiver to an elderly parent or spouse?
35 million w/ alzheimers; will double in 15 years.
List reasons why lifespan is increasing.
Identify ways age groups are treated unequally or stereotyped:
use internet if possible.

Most americans over 65 find their health "good" or "excellent"
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