Ch 1: Introduction to Adult Development and Aging

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Strengthen your knowledge of factors that define and affect adult development and the aging process with help from this chapter. Entertaining video lessons explore gerontology, theories of aging, demographics of the aging population and more.

Introduction to Adult Development and Aging - Chapter Summary

Review this chapter to get a comprehensive overview of the physical, psychological and social changes that occur in older adults. Explore theories on the aging process, ageism, the impact of stereotyping on the older adult population and more. Each lesson is available as a short video or full transcript and can be accessed via any computer, smartphone or tablet. Navigate these lessons in any sequence you desire, and take short lesson quizzes to assess your understanding of what you've reviewed. When finished, you'll know more about:

  • What gerontology means
  • How age is defined chronologically, biologically, psychologically, functionally and socially
  • What the characteristics of the life-span perspective are
  • What some main theories of aging are
  • How social theories of aging are defined
  • What the psychosocial theories of aging are
  • What ageism means and how it relates to stereotypes of aging
  • Differences between various models of aging
  • How gender, ethnicity and cultural differences are analyzed as demographics of an aging population
  • What factors influence development in late adulthood

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
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What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

1. What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

This lesson explores the topic of gerontology and how this broad definition of gerontology has many fields that work together. This includes care-taking, research and policy issues all dealing with middle aged and older adults.

Defining Age with Different Perspectives: Definitions & Examples

2. Defining Age with Different Perspectives: Definitions & Examples

If you think there is only one way to count how old you are, then this lesson is for you. We will look into several ways that people can determine your age, both in a relative and an absolute kind of way.

The Life-Span Perspective: Definition & Characteristics

3. The Life-Span Perspective: Definition & Characteristics

The life-span perspective examines how a person grows, develops, and declines by taking multiple aspects and placing them in different frameworks for understanding. We will examine some of these frameworks.

Theories of Aging: Structural-Functional, Symbolic-Interaction & Social-Conflict

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.

Social Theories of Aging: Definitions & Examples

5. Social Theories of Aging: Definitions & Examples

This lesson explores the idea of how social interactions can differentiate how a person ages. Included is the progression of theories, and why they have changed over time.

Psychosocial Theories of Aging: Activity Theory, Continuity Theory & Disengagement Theory

6. Psychosocial Theories of Aging: Activity Theory, Continuity Theory & Disengagement Theory

Growing older - we all do it. How we grow older successfully is debatable. There are many theories that have been hypothesized about this life transition. This lesson explores three such ways.

Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

7. Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

With this lesson, we will explore the cultural phenomena of ageism and stereotyping an individual due to their age. What stereotypes do you think you have against the elderly or growing older?

Models of Aging: Definitions & Types

8. Models of Aging: Definitions & Types

There are different ways to describe how old someone is other than revolutions around the sun. We will explore a few of them and how they focus on either the individual or the individual's place in society.

The Demographics of an Aging Population: Types & Examples

9. The Demographics of an Aging Population: Types & Examples

This lesson explores the demographics of older generations, as well as briefly looking into the implications of the lopsided sizes of ethnic and cultural groups in the United States.

Influences on Development in Late Adulthood

10. Influences on Development in Late Adulthood

As people age, they go through many changes, both positive and negative. In this lesson, we'll look at the major influences on development in late adulthood, including normative and non-normative change.

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