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Below is a sample breakdown of the Aging in Society chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||An aging American population|| Birth rate, death rate, life expectancy;|
Factors expected to contribute to an increase in the population of senior citizens; challenges of aging, retirement and social isolation
|Tuesday||Theories of Aging: Structural-functional perspectives||Disengagement, activity and continuity theories on aging|
|Wednesday||Theories of Aging: Symbolic-interaction theory||The role of culturally symbolic interactions in creating social constructs of age|
|Thursday||Theories of Aging: Social-conflict theory||Power struggles created by young, middle-aged and older adults' competition for resources|
|Friday||Death and dying||The denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance stages of grief; the debate over euthanasia|
1. 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.
2. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance
The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.
3. Graying of America: Birth Rate, Death Rate & Life Expectancy
The 'graying of America' is an important aging trend studied by sociologists. In this lesson, we will discuss this phenomenon and three factors that contribute to it: birth rate, death rate, and life expectancy.
4. Theories of Aging: Structural-Functional, Symbolic-Interaction & Social-Conflict
The process of aging can be explained and better understood through three perspectives. This lesson will cover the structural-functional, symbolic-interaction and social-conflict perspectives of aging as well as the associated theories that function within those perspectives.
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