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Aging, Health & Family Issues in Society - Chapter Summary
This chapter delves into the many societal issues that impact families, healthcare and our own aging process. Using our fun video lessons, refresh your memory of these challenges from multiple angles. You'll examine medical issues, mental health concerns and economic difficulties that can burden older adults, those with low incomes and changing families.
The videos cover topics such as types of healthcare, national health problems, family patterns and the repercussions of ageism. Once you watch all of the lessons, you should be able to:
- Discuss global aging trends
- Describe the financial, psychological and social problems older adults face
- Explain how the aging population impacts society
- Recognize the link between economics and health
- List significant health problems facing the U.S. population
- Identify the different types of healthcare systems
- Understand the socially constructed 'physician's role' and 'sick role'
- Describe the types of family systems and non-traditional families
- Explain the challenges that accompany changing family patterns
Making learning a simplified process, we offer video lessons that are packed with important concepts, terminology, examples and graphics. Use the jump feature in the video timelines to review certain portions of the lessons without having to rewatch entire videos. Read over the lesson transcripts and quickly identify major terms listed in bold. Each lesson includes a multiple-choice quiz that you can use to assess your comprehension.
1. Global Trends in an Aging Population
In this lesson we look at global trends that are occurring with the elderly, as well as specific issues that affect industrialized and developing nations. Lastly, we look at how culture is affected by all of this.
2. Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders
With age comes wisdom, but it also comes with a bunch of problems. In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological problems that can plague older adults, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis.
3. How The Demographics of an Aging Population Affect Society
In this lesson, we will look at how elderly people, as a demographic population, influence the way society functions. Elderly people can cause large economic and political changes, as well as some minor legal ones.
4. Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Ageism & Social Isolation
There are many challenges that we face as we age. In this lesson, we discuss three of the larger challenges that have been identified by sociologists: retirement, ageism, and social isolation.
5. Economics and Health: Healthcare, Medical Issues & Income
What is the relationship between economy and health? In this lesson, we discuss differences in healthcare and medical issues in low-income versus high-income countries. We also define social epidemiology and discuss the link between poverty and poor health.
6. Health Challenges in America: Smoking, Obesity, STDs & Eating Disorders
Even as a high-income nation with a relatively long life expectancy, America faces a number of health challenges. In this lesson, we discuss the basic facts of smoking, eating disorders, obesity and STDs and how these challenges affect our nation.
7. Types of Health Care: HMOs, PPOs, Socialized Medicine & Direct-Fee System
In this lesson, we discuss health care as a social institution and how health care systems differ worldwide. We also discuss several different ways that health care is paid for by patients, organizations and government.
8. Social Constructions of Health: Sick Role, Physician's Role & Profit Motive in Medicine
In this lesson, we discuss the theory of Talcott Parsons regarding the 'sick role' and the 'physician's role' as well as how society has constructed expectations for both. We also discuss the profit motive in medicine and why this is controversial.
9. Family Systems: Definition and Types
Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.
10. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options
Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.
11. Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence
The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
12. Issues with Changing Family Patterns
Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.
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