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Aging and inequality based on age

from society. many others are physically. socially. and financially independent. Today. people age' 65 and older make up 13  percent of the total population in the United States. and it is  estimated that people in this age group will constitute 20 percent of  he total population by 2050. Almost 9090 percent of the people living in the high-income countries today are expected to survive  o   ge 65. However • by sharp contrast. in low-income countries such as Zambia. Uganda. and Rwanda. nearly half of the total population in each nation is not expected to survive  to age 40 (United Nations Development Programme, 2003). In this  chapter. we examine the sociological aspects of aging. We will also examine how older people  seek dignity, autonomy. and  empowerment in societies  such as the United States that may devalue those who do not fit the ideal norms of youth, beauty.  physical fitness.  and self-sufficiency. Before reading on, test your knowledge about aging and age-based discrimination in the   united States by taking the quiz in Box 12.1.

Posted on September 5, 2014 in Aging and inequality based on age

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