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Ch 25: Aging in Society: Social Implications for Older Adults

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Watch these video lessons and learn what factors influence how older adults age in society. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Aging in Society: Social Implications for Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This series of video lessons offers an overview of how aging adults experience and are affected by their environment. Within the context of formal theory, you'll learn how a person's fit with his or her community, from neighborhood density to availability of support services, affects his or her well-being. Other key factors examined will include gender and socioeconomic status. By the time you complete the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the components of the life course perspective
  • Identify examples of social issues like age stratification and age-related residential segregation
  • Define person-environment congruence and discuss its importance
  • Identify, compare and contrast informal and formal support systems for aging adults

Video Objective
The Life Course Perspective Identify and discuss core concepts, including cohorts, life events, trajectories, and turning points.
Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures Describe age stratification and how characteristics of it differ among societies.
Person-Environment Congruence: Implications for Older Adults Explain person-environment congruence as it relates to housing and social services for older adults.
Informal & Formal Support Systems for Older Adults Talk about the relationship among informal and formal support systems and name examples of both.
Housing, Neighborhood, & Community Environments Describe how these environments affect aging adults and their quality of life.
Housing Options for Older Adults Assess the different kinds of housing available and what factors go into making a decision about where to live.
Residential Segregation by Age: Pros & Cons of Senior Living Communities Discuss the pros and cons of age segregation through use of senior living communities.
Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions Explain what the social exchange theory of love is and how it's predicted to function.

8 Lessons in Chapter 25: Aging in Society: Social Implications for Older Adults
The Life Course Perspective

1. The Life Course Perspective

This lesson focuses on the key concepts of the life course perspective used in the social sciences. You will learn how a major historical event sparked an interest in looking more closely at each person's individual life story.

Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures

2. Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures

Older adults in one culture can face discrimination, and in another culture, they can be revered. But why is there variation in cultural views of late adulthood? In this lesson, we'll examine age stratification across cultures.

Person-Environment Congruence: Implications for Older Adults

3. Person-Environment Congruence: Implications for Older Adults

In this lesson, we explore how a mismatch between a person's needs and environment can have a significant impact on well-being and adjustment, focusing on why this person-environment congruence is important to understanding the experience of older adults.

Informal & Formal Support Systems for Older Adults

4. Informal & Formal Support Systems for Older Adults

This lesson discusses the importance of a social support system, particularly in the life of an older adult. Two types of supports, informal and formal, will be explored.

Housing, Neighborhood, & Community Environments

5. Housing, Neighborhood, & Community Environments

In this lesson, we highlight three main components of a person's environment and look at how older adults are affected by variations in these elements, including the impact of friends and neighbors.

Housing Options for Older Adults

6. Housing Options for Older Adults

In this lesson, we will discuss where a person can choose to live as their needs change in their older years. We will look at the options available and the factors that influence a person's decision.

Residential Segregation by Age: Pros & Cons of Senior Living Communities

7. Residential Segregation by Age: Pros & Cons of Senior Living Communities

This lesson discusses why older adults move to age-segregated communities. We will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of this choice and its impact on both younger and older individuals.

Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

8. Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

In this lesson, we define and discuss social exchange theory and what it predicts about romantic relationships. We also define and discuss the theory's three components: cost-benefit analysis, comparison level, and comparison level of alternatives.

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