Category Archive for: AGING AND INEQUALITY BASED IN AGE

Sociological Perspectives on Aging

Sociological Perspectives on Aging Sociologists and social gerontologists have developed  a number of explanations regarding the social effects of aging. Some of the early theories were based on a microlevel analysis of how individuals adapt to changing social roles. More-recent theories have used a mac Functionalist Perspectives on Aging Functionalist explanations of aging focus on how older persons adjust…

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Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes It sometimes becomes necessary for an older person to move into a long-term-care facility or nursing home as a result of major physical and/or cognitive problems that prevent the person from living in any other setting. There are two types of care provided in nursing homes: skilled care and long-term care. Skilled care provides services that are rendered by…

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Housing Alternatives

Housing Alternatives Some older adults remain in the residence where they have lived for many years-a process that gerontologists  refer to as aging in place (Atchley and Barusch,2004). Remaining in a person’s customary residence is a symbol that he or she is able to maintain independence and preserve ties to his or her neighborhood and s rounding community. However.…

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Housing Alternatives

Housing Alternatives Some older adults remain in the residence where they have lived for many years-a process that gerontologists refer to as aging in place (Atchley and Barusch, 2004). Remaining in a person’s customary residence is a symbol that he or she is able to maintain independence and preserve ties to his or her neighborhood and surrounding community. However. either by…

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Living Arrangements For Older Adults

Living Arrangements For Older Adults Many frail. older people live alone or in a family setting where care is provided informally by family or friends. Relatives (especially women) provide most of the care. Many women caregivers are employed outside the home; some are still raising a family. Recently. the responsibilities of informal caregivers have become more complex. For some frail. older…

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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Abuse and neglect of older persons have received increasing public attention in recent years. due both  to the increasing number of older people and to the stablishment of more- vocal groups to represent the r concerns. Elder abl/se :refers to physical abuse. psychological abuse. financial exploitation. and medical abuse or neglect of people age 65 or older- (Hooyman and…

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Older People in Rural Areas

Older People in Rural Areas The lives of many older people differ based on whether they reside in urban or rural areas. Despite the stereotypical  image of the rural elderly living in a pleasanthome located in an idyllic country setting, rural elders, as compared with older urban residents. typically have  lower incomes. are more likely to be…

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Age and Race/Ethnicity

Age and Race/Ethnicity Age. race/ethnicity, and economic inequality are  closely intertwined. Inequalities that exist later in lifeoriginate in individuals’ early participation in the labor force and arc amplified in late adulthood. For example. . older African Americans continue to feel the impact of segregated schools  nd overt patterns of job discrimination  that wer~ present during their early years.Although…

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Age Gender and Inequality

Age Gender  and Inequality Age, gender, and poverty  our  tuned. Although middle-aged and older corner, make up an increasing portion of the work force, the}’ are paid substantially less than men their age, receive raises at a slower pace, and still work largely in gender-segregated jobs (see Chapter 11). As a result, women do not garner economic security for their retirement…

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Wealth, Poverty, and Aging

Wealth, Poverty, and Aging Many of the positive images of aging and suggestions .on how to avoid the most negative aspects of ageism are based on an assumption of class privilege. meaning that people can alford plastic surgery. exercise classes. and social activities such as ballroom dancing or golf. and that they have available time and facilities to engage  in…

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