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Social Theories of Aging: Definitions & Examples

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You're 25 years old; you should get a job is a judgment based on which type of aging?

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1. When Penelope was in her 40s, she was heavily involved with the PTA, and now that she's retired, she spends her time reading and writing. Which aging theory or theories best describes her?

2. Which theory has fallen by the wayside due to changes in the lifestyle and life span of the elderly?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What were the original beliefs connected to social theories of aging, and how do they apply now? How have they changed? You will need to be familiar with recent applications of these theories and be able to identify them based on supplied examples in order to answer the questions in this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The type of aging illustrated by given examples
  • How aging theories have changed as the life span has increased
  • What the activity theory describes
  • The focus of social theories of aging

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the original and current observations of each type of theory
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the elderly and social activity in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what social theories of aging are

Additional Learning

To learn more about these theories, review the accompanying lesson called Social Theories of Aging: Definitions & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Note what social theories of aging are and what they attempt to do
  • Identify three main social theories of aging
  • Discuss the historical and modern focus of each of these three theories
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