About This Chapter
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.
|Graying of America: Birth Rate, Death Rate & Life Expectancy||Define 'graying of America.' Discuss birth and death rates and life expectancy.|
|Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Ageism & Social Isolation||Explain 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-Conflict||Explore aging from three basic sociological perspectives, including structural-functional, symbolic-interaction and social-conflict theories.|
|Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance||Discuss the five stages of accepting death and the debate regarding euthanasia.|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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Other chapters within the Sociology 101: Intro to Sociology course
- Introduction to Sociology: The Basics
- Key Sociology Theorists
- Sociology Research Methods
- Foundations of Society
- Theories of Individual Social Development
- Social Groups & Organizations
- Diversity in Society
- Sex and Gender in Society
- Race and Ethnicity in Society
- Economics and Politics
- Social Institutions
- Social Change Over Time
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