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17 Cards in this Set

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a history of how you grew up
social aspects of aging
social gerontology
the more active people are mentally, physically, and socially, the better adjusted they are in old age.
activity theory
it is both normal and inevitable for people to decrease their activity and become more passive/introspective as they age
disengagement theory
the study of older adults in relation to all other age groups in a society
age stratification
e.g. mom, dad, nurse, doctor, etc., they can be modified, redefined, and transformed as people age
male/female; in every culture it is linked to specific roles, attitudes and behaviors
age is a prime criterion in determining the opportunities people may enjoy. age established the role we play
age grading
"role" expectations at various ages, e.g., 60 year old women with a nose ring? An 82 year old man marrying a 23 year old woman? An individual at 18-19 goes to college?
age norms
a group of people exposed to a similar set of life experiences and historical events. e.g. WWII vets, 9-11 families and rescue workers
age cohort
generations within families; great-grandparents, grandparents, adult children, grandchildren
a profound difference in perspective between cohorts whose historical, social, educational and/or personal experiences are different because of their life experiences.
generation gap
a sampling at one point in time, persons belonging to different cohorts (e.g., 20 yr. olds and 60 yr. olds) or generations to observe differences
cross-sectional study
a sample of individuals or cohorts over a long period of time
longitudinal study
based on the premise that individuals and groups act to maximize rewards and minimize costs. (e.g. do older adults have something to offere young adults or is it not an even exchange?)
exchange theory
to identify wider social ingluences on issues that affect individuals lives. A social problem should not be defined in individual terms, but rather from an environmental perspective as well.
critical gerontology
the political side of economics and the aged. (how much money given to programs and services for the aged)
political economy of aging