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Age is ______________________ status.
an ascribed status of which we have no control
We have different expectations about people at different ages because
there are age norms where expected behaviors are associated with particular ages. These social timetables tell people whether their lives are on schedule.
The field that encompasses the study of aging is called
gerontology
The study of the medical care of the aging population is known as
geriatrics
Stereotypes about older people can lead to prejudice and discrimination. This is referred to as
ageism
Age sixty-five is considered elderly in America because
a
The “graying of America” refers to the fact that
the population aged 65 and older is projected to double over the next three decades from 35.3 million to nearly 70 million.
The dependency ratio for the entire population compares
the ratio between the number of people in the dependent population and the number of people in the supportive or working population. The dependent population includes both the aged and children.
An old-age dependency ratio compares
excludes children and can be determined by dividing the number of persons over a specific age by the number of those in the supportive or working population.
Since the turn of the century, the life expectancy has not increased markedly for _______________
older persons. There are more people getting older - but they are getting an increase in life expectancy as well.
The group having the longest life expectancy is
Japanese
White females
The group having the shortest life expectancy is
Zimbabwe
black males
A larger proportion of older men are married because
men who are married live longer
The elderly most often live in
metropolitan areas
It is a myth that the elderly __________________ New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
a
pg 290
The state of __________ has the smallest percentage of persons over age 65, while __________ has the highest percentage.
Alaska

Florida
Modernization theorists argue that as societies become more modern, the elderly in the population
a
Modernization theorists hold that __________________________ among elderly workers causes their unemployment.
a
Disengagement theory states that the elderly
a
According to some research, the elderly gain most satisfaction from interaction with
a
Social exchange theory argues that the elderly bargain for rewards by
a
Conflict theorists argue that the elderly are a minority group in a _____________________ society.
a
Retirement is a problem for those who face ____________________________________________.
a
People who retire early are likely to be
_______________________________________________________________________________
a
People who retire late are likely to be
a
Most retired people in one community studied by Robert Atchley were
a
The most common source of income for the elderly is
a
Attitudes toward death and dying are learned through the ____________________________ process.
a
A(n) _______________________ is a therapeutic environment designed for the terminally ill.
a
Euthanasia refers to
a
T F Age is a status achieved by living a long time.
aa
T F A natural accompaniment of old age is poor health.
a
T F Most old men are married; most old women are not.
a
T F The elderly are more likely to live in cities and less likely to live in the suburbs than are other age groups.
a
T F Modernization theory states that the more modern a society, the lower the status of the elderly.
a
T F Disengagement theory argues that the elderly want to be less involved in the activities of society.
a
T F Conflict theorists believe that the elderly should be entitled to more power than young groups.
a
T F Retirement is functional for society, and every society has a system for retiring the elderly from the work force.
a
T F Many elderly people have very adequate incomes and live comfortable and pleasant lives in
retirement.
a
T F All elderly receive Social Security payments, which provide for their basic needs.
a
T F Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and is fatal.
a
T F Medicare covers all medical costs of the elderly.
a
T F In active euthanasia, actions are deliberately taken to end a person’s life.
a
T F Hospices emphasize involvement with family members and prefer that patients have lots of
visitors.
a
T F Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending a terminally ill person’s life.
a
T F Age is a status achieved by living a long time.
aa
T F A natural accompaniment of old age is poor health.
a
T F Most old men are married; most old women are not.
a
T F The elderly are more likely to live in cities and less likely to live in the suburbs than are other age groups.
a
T F Modernization theory states that the more modern a society, the lower the status of the elderly.
a
T F Disengagement theory argues that the elderly want to be less involved in the activities of society.
a
T F Conflict theorists believe that the elderly should be entitled to more power than young groups.
a
T F Retirement is functional for society, and every society has a system for retiring the elderly from the work force.
a
T F Many elderly people have very adequate incomes and live comfortable and pleasant lives in
retirement.
a
T F All elderly receive Social Security payments, which provide for their basic needs.
a
T F Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and is fatal.
a
T F Medicare covers all medical costs of the elderly.
a
T F In active euthanasia, actions are deliberately taken to end a person’s life.
a
T F Hospices emphasize involvement with family members and prefer that patients have lots of
visitors.
a
T F Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending a terminally ill person’s life.
a
T F Age is a status achieved by living a long time.
aa
T F A natural accompaniment of old age is poor health.
a
T F Most old men are married; most old women are not.
a
T F The elderly are more likely to live in cities and less likely to live in the suburbs than are other age groups.
a
T F Modernization theory states that the more modern a society, the lower the status of the elderly.
a
T F Disengagement theory argues that the elderly want to be less involved in the activities of society.
a
T F Conflict theorists believe that the elderly should be entitled to more power than young groups.
a
T F Retirement is functional for society, and every society has a system for retiring the elderly from the work force.
a
T F Many elderly people have very adequate incomes and live comfortable and pleasant lives in
retirement.
a
T F All elderly receive Social Security payments, which provide for their basic needs.
a
T F Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and is fatal.
a
T F Medicare covers all medical costs of the elderly.
a
T F In active euthanasia, actions are deliberately taken to end a person’s life.
a
T F Hospices emphasize involvement with family members and prefer that patients have lots of
visitors.
a
T F Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending a terminally ill person’s life.
a
Essay:
Describe the lifestyles of elderly people when they retire. How does your description differ from myths about the elderly?
s
Essay:
Describe various ways that structural functionalists explain the status of the elderly in society, then
write a critique of the weaknesses of these explanations.
s
Essay:
Describe the viewpoint of symbolic interactionists regarding the status of the elderly in society,
discussing the variables that make activity difficult for the elderly.
s
Essay:
What sources of income do retired people have? Discuss how these sources create a stratified society among the elderly
s
Essay:
What are the traditional ways of caring for the elderly when they are ill? Discuss whether these
methods are functional in modern society. What alternative ways of caring for the elderly have emerged? Why are these social changes occurring?
s