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Interpersonal Relationships of Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Students who'd like a greater understanding of the kinds of relationships that older adults have get an introduction through these video lessons. Beginning with a run-down of relationships in general, subsequent lessons delve into marital status, the decision to parent, and the end of relationships, such as through divorce or death. Factors such as elder abuse and sexual health are also discussed. By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
- Identify and discuss the characteristics of older adults' relationships
- Discuss elder abuse
- Talk about how statuses like single, married, widowed, or divorced affect older adulthood
- Discuss sexual interest in older adults
|Relationships in Late Adulthood||Gain a broad understanding of commonalities among aging adults' relationships.|
|Friendships in Late Adulthood||Discuss the characteristics and function of friendships among aging adults.|
|Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop||Discuss common qualities among relationships based on love, and note differences based on culture.|
|Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation||Explain elder abuse and the caregiver's burden.|
|Singlehood & Cohabitation: Definition, Challenges & Advantages||Talk about the phenomenon of being single through adult life; identify the reasons for cohabitation.|
|Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction||Outline experiences common to marriage; discuss late-in-life first marriage, marital satisfaction and longevity.|
|Making the Decision to Have Children||Discuss the decision making process for parenthood, including the concept of a woman's 'biological clock,' as well as life before and during child-rearing.|
|Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood||Explore these kinds of relationships, including gay and lesbian partnerships.|
|Divorce, Remarriage & the Reconstructed Family: Definition & Related Issues||Name some causes of divorce and remarriage; discuss issues related to reconstructing a family.|
|Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers||Talk about commonalities among those who have lost a partner.|
|Parenthood During The Early Years: Key Issues & Parenting Forms||Understand some of what it's like to be a new parent or the parent of young children; consider influencing factors like culture.|
|Parenthood During The Middle Years: Interacting with Children||Identify ways in which middle-aged adults connect with their kids.|
|Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies||Understand the mental and physical costs of providing for older adults.|
|Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out||Describe how children 'leaving the nest' affects a couple's relationship.|
|Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues||Understand older adults' relationships with their children's children, and the factors that affect those relationships.|
|Sexual Interest & Activity in Late Adulthood||Discuss characteristics and variations in older adults' sexual activity.|
|The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood||Consider the factors related to this kind of relationship that impact older adults.|
1. Relationships in Late Adulthood
As people age, many of their relationships change and develop. In this lesson, we'll examine relationships in late life, including those with adult children, siblings, and spouses, as well as the types of single older adults.
2. 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.
3. Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop
Here we look at the development of love. What does it mean to be in a loving relationship? What are the steps that occur in every individual in entering one?
4. 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.
5. Singlehood & Cohabitation: Definition, Challenges & Advantages
In this lesson, we discuss what single life and cohabitation bring to the individual(s) involved. There is good and bad with both, and there is a great deal of opinion when it comes to both.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Divorce, Remarriage & the Reconstructed Family: Definition & Related Issues
Here we will examine what divorce is, some of the stats behind it, and some of the reasons for it. Following a divorce is the possibility of remarrying and blending the families together, which we will explore as well.
9. 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.'
10. Parenthood During the Middle Years: Interacting with Children
In this lesson, we will explore the issues related to parenting and child-rearing in mid-life. We will look at how developing one's identity influences parent-child relationships in positive and negative ways.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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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