Aging, the Individual, and Society by Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

Within the coming years, realizing senior voters should be extra very important than it truly is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate means that is helping you recognize them and understand how to paintings with them. it truly is balanced among educational and functional discussions, and filled with learn instruments. That manner, you will ace the category and be prepared for the longer term!

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This] is greater than the independent contributions of lower body mass index, no history of smoking, and a tendency to exercise [and] each of these factors has been found to contribute between one and three years of added life,” the authors explained (p. 273). Likewise, when older people have a role model who represents aging successfully, they show resilience in the face of negative characterizations (Horton & Deakin, 2007). The extent to which younger people assimilate negative stereotypes of older adults is the extent to which they will have negative aging self-images (Levy, 2008).

Depression in later life can be a serious problem—in part because when it is categorized as a natural part of aging it goes undiagnosed and untreated as a mental health issue. The tragedy of stereotyping is that the individual becomes objectified; that objectification is internalized by the older person, and a vicious circle of loss of sense of self ensues. If a retired 78-year-old former CEO of a large corporation is treated by everyone in his environment as being incompetent or slow, that social reflection of who he or she is can profoundly impact his or her sense of well-being.

They have achieved virtual zero population growth and thus would eventually have a “stationary,” or boxlike pyramid. The social implications are that the needs of a society change with a changing age structure, as must social policy that directs national resources to various segments of the population. Housing, health care, education, and other services for elders must be balanced with services targeting more youthful age groups, as the population shifts in age. Ageism in the Future For many decades our society has suffered from gerontophobia.

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