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Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations - Chapter Summary
From friendships to marriage, this chapter provides an extensive study of how older adults develop and maintain relationships. How are friendships formed? What is the level of marital satisfaction in late adulthood? What is the relationships between aging parents and older children? These are among the topics you will have the opportunity to learn more about with these lessons, which are accessible 24/7 from any device. You can track your progress through this chapter on your Dashboard and take self-assessment quizzes to measure your level of knowledge about each topics as you move through the lessons. After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Understand different types of late adulthood relationships, such as those established with siblings and adult children
- Describe the characteristics of friendships in late adulthood
- Discuss the development of love relationships in aging adults
- Define different types of abusive relationships, from neglect to elder abuse
- Explain the reasons for and challenges of singlehood and cohabitation in older adults
- Relate details about marriage and divorce and their effects on aging adults
- Provide details about widowhood
- Describe parenting for middle-aged and older adults
- Detail the responsibilities and impact of caring for aging parents
- Discuss the effects on older parents when children grow up and move out
- Give details about grandparenting styles
- Understand sexual interest and activity in older adults
- Define the role an extended family plays in the life of older adults
1. Friendships in Late Adulthood
Friendships in late life are both similar and different from friendships earlier in life. Watch this lesson to find out what the functions and characteristics of friendship in late adulthood are, as well as how they differ from friendships at other times in life.
2. Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
In this lesson, we will examine the different types of elder abuse as well as some basic stats on the issue. Often related to abuse is the idea of caregiver burnout, which will also be discussed.
3. Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction
In this lesson, we'll take a brief look at factors that interact with marriage and adulthood as well as how these factors eventually influence old age. We'll also look at old age bachelorhood as well as reasons for successful marriages.
4. Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood
During later life, romantic partnerships are different from partnerships in earlier life. Watch this lesson to find out more about marriage, cohabitation, remarriage, and divorce in later life, including their unique benefits and challenges.
5. Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers
Here we examine what it means to be a widow or widower, as well as some of the statistics of how common it is. We finish off by looking at the occasionally mentioned 'widowhood effect.'
6. Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies
Here we will discuss the effects of caring for ones aging parents. Emphasis is placed on psychological and emotional strain brought on by the demands of caretaking, as well as ways to avoid complete burnout.
7. Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out
In this lesson, we will look at what changes occur to a parent after their dependent children move out. Included in this are the positive and negative changes that occur.
8. Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues
This lesson looks at the common ways that grandparents interact with their grandchildren, as well as a brief look into the issue of surrogate parenting by grandparents.
9. Sexual Interest & Activity in Late Adulthood
As people age, they go through many changes, including changes in their sex lives. In this lesson, we'll explore positive and negative changes in older adults' sex lives, including biological and social factors that affect sex in late adulthood.
10. The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood
As people age, their extended family becomes more important. In this lesson, we'll examine how multigenerational living arrangements can affect older adults and examine trends in multigenerational living arrangements.
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Other chapters within the Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology course
- Basics of Gerontology
- Research Design for Gerontology
- Demographics of Aging
- Physical Health in Older Adults
- Muscular, Skeletal & Integumentary Systems in Older Adults
- Circulatory & Respiratory Systems in Older Adults
- Cognition, Attention & Memory in Older Adults
- Intelligence & Creativity in Aging Populations
- Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations
- Personality in Older Adulthood
- Mental Health Treatment for Older Adults
- Social Implications for Older Adults
- Finance & Aging
- Employment in Late Adulthood
- Leisure & Community Involvement in Retirement
- Political Issues for Aging Populations
- Death & Bereavement in Aging Populations
- Nervous & Sensory Systems in Older Adults
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