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Ch 10: Aging in Society

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Watch online video lessons on aging in society, and learn about some of the issues faced by the elderly in America. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these gerontology topics.

Aging in Society' - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

We can't deny it. One day, we will all get old. In fact, as every day passes, we're getting older. What will life be like when we're 60? 70? 80? As life expectancy increases, so does the older population, which means aging is becoming an increasingly larger social issue.

In this chapter, you'll be introduced to some of the current topics related to aging in society. Watch our brief video lessons, and then complete the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you understand the material. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss factors that are contributing to the 'graying of America.'
  • Identify common challenges facing the elderly.
  • Differentiate among sociological perspectives on aging.
  • Explain the stages of accepting death.

VideoObjectives
Graying of America: Birth Rate, Death Rate & Life ExpectancyDefine 'graying of America.' Discuss birth and death rates and life expectancy.
Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Ageism & Social IsolationExplain common individual challenges as people age, including finding meaning in life, social isolation, retirement, increased poverty and ageism.
Theories of Aging: Structural-Functional, Symbolic-Interaction & Social-ConflictExplore aging from three basic sociological perspectives, including structural-functional, symbolic-interaction and social-conflict theories.
Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of AcceptanceDiscuss the five stages of accepting death and the debate regarding euthanasia.

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