Category Archive for: Aging and inequality based on age

Death And Dying

Death And Dying Historically. death was a common occurrence at all stages of the life course. Until the twentieth century. the chances that a  newborn child would live to adulthood were very  small. Poor nutrition. infectious diseases. accidents. and  natural disasters took  heir toll on men and women of all ages. But in contemporary. industrial societies. death  is…

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Conflict Perspectives on Aging

Conflict Perspectives on Aging Conflict theorists view aging as especially problematic in contemporary capitalistic societies. As people  grow older, their power  ends to diminish unless they are able to maintain wealth. Consequently, those who have been disadvantaged in their younger  ears become  even more so in late adulthood. Women age 75    Getting Behind the Wheel to Help…

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Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Aging

Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Aging   Symbolic interactionist perspectives examine the connection between personal satisfaction in a persons later years and a high  level of activity. Activity theory. stales that people tend to shift gears ill late middle age and find substitutes for previous statuses,  oles,  and activities (Havighurst, Neugarten, and Tobin, 1968). From this perspective. older people have the same…

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Functionalist Perspectives on Aging

Functionalist Perspectives on Aging Functionalist explanations of aging focus on how older persons adjust to their changing roles in society. According to the  sociologist Talcott Parsons (1960), the roles of older persons nee,1 to he redefined by society. He suggested that devaluing the  contributions of older  persons is dysfunctional for society; older persons often have knowledge and wisdom to share…

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“Just When You Thought You Were Too Old for Romance”

“Just When You Thought You Were Too Old for Romance” People think when you get to a certain age, there’s no more sex. That ain’t true. -‘Harry’ (played by Joseph Bologna) makes this statement in the film Boston Beach Club, and moviegoers over over the age of fifty often cheer loudly in’ their local Australopithecus are tired seeing older older people being…

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Driving While Eiderly: Policies Pertaining to Age and Driving

Driving While Elderly: Policies Pertaining to Age and Driving You are 84 years old and yesterday you killed my son. I don’t know if you’re even sound enough to understand what you’ve done  it I have no sympathy for you or any of your family. And I everyday that you remain on this planet you see my son when   ou…

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Inequalities Related ,to Aging

Inequalities Related ,to Aging In previous chapters. we have seen how prejudice and discrimination may be directed toward individuals based on ascribed   characteristics-such as race/ethnicity or gender-over which they have no control.  The same holds true for ag Ageism Stereotypes regarding older persons reinforce ageism. defined in Chapter 4 as prejudice and discrimination against people on the  ass of age,…

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Late Adulthood

Late Adulthood Late adulthood is generally considered to begin at age 6-which formerly was referred to as the “normal” retirement age. However.  it changes in Social Security-regulations  that provide for full retirement benefits to be paid only after a person reaches 66 or 67  ears of age (based upon the individuals year of birth). many older persons have chosen to…

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Think I Can’t, IThink I Can’t! The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Older People

Think I Can’t, Think I Can’t! The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Older People Most of us are familiar with the children’s story of The Little Engine That Could, in which the engine on the train said, “Ithink I can,   think Ican!”when he was trying  to pull the train up a steep hill.Used for years as an example of the power of…

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Middle Adulthood

Middle Adulthood Prior to the twentieth century, life expectancy in the United States was only about 47 years, so the concept of middle adulthood-  people between the ages of 40 and 65-did not exist until fairly recently. Normal changes in appearance occur during these years,  ND although these changes have little relationship to a person’s health or physical functioning, they are…

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