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- Discuss social isolation, ageism and late adulthood stereotypes
- Learn about risk factors for those who are in the late adulthood years
- Explore the misuse of alcohol and drugs in late adulthood
- Study achievement, marriage, friendships, relationships and divorce in the later years
- Contrast despair and ego integrity
- Identify the stages of retirement
- Discuss spirituality and religion
- Examine communities and housing for the aging
- Study cognitive development in the aging
- Explore psycho-social theories for aging populations
- Define geriatrics and outline its history
- Learn about the mental health concerns of older populations
1. 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.
2. Psychosocial Theories of Aging
People approach late adulthood and the process of aging differently. In this lesson, we'll examine the three most common psychosocial theories about aging, including the disengagement, activity, and continuity theories.
3. Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood
Everyone forgets things sometimes, but as people age, they often have trouble with memory and other cognitive processes. Watch this lesson to find out more about two types of thinking problems, frontotemporal and multi-infarct dementia.
4. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
Many people are aware of some of the memory problems older adults have, but did you know that they become better at some types of thinking? In this lesson, we'll examine the positive and negative cognitive changes in late life.
5. 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.
6. Spirituality, Religiosity, and Aesthetics
As people age, they have a lot to deal with. This is part of the reason that spirituality and religion are so important to older adults. In this lesson, we'll examine what spirituality, religion and aesthetics can offer aging adults.
7. Social Context of Aging: Communities, Neighborhoods, and Housing
As people age, the community around them becomes more and more important in their lives. Watch this lesson to find out about the importance of a social convoy in late life, as well as the housing options available for seniors.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Achievement in Late Adulthood
For young people, achievement generally centers on work and raising a family. But what happens when you're retired and your family is grown? In this lesson, we'll look at the three types of achievement in late adulthood.
12. The Stages of Retirement: Psychological Effects & Examples
Many workers assume that retirement is the end point, but it's really just another phase in life. As such, retirees often go through certain stages. In this lesson, we'll examine each stage, from pre-retirement to the end of retirement.
13. Ego Integrity vs. Despair
During late adulthood, many people reflect on their lives. In this lesson, we'll examine the crisis of ego identity versus despair that people face in later life, including the three tasks that must be accomplished to reach ego identity.
14. Stereotypes in Late Adulthood: Factors of Ageism & Counter-Tactics
As people age, they often have to confront stereotypes that others hold about late life, and some that they themselves hold about older adults. In this lesson, we'll look at stereotypes and the truth about late adulthood.
15. 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.
16. Alcohol, Drug, and Prescription Abuse in Late Adulthood
Late adulthood is a time of great change and adjustment. Due to changes in a person's body and life situation, substance abuse can be a real issue for some people. Watch this lesson to find out more about substance abuse in late adulthood.
17. Social Issues in Late Adulthood: Risk Factors & Impact
Late adulthood is often called the 'golden years' of a person's life. But it's not always a positive experience. In this lesson, we'll look at two common issues that occur in late adulthood: poverty and elder abuse.
18. Religiosity: Definition & Measures
In this lesson, you'll learn what defines religiosity, gain insight into some of the ways that it's measured, and explore some of the ways that studies of religiosity can or have been used.
19. What Is Geriatrics? - Definition, History & Research
Geriatrics is a branch of medicine dedicated to providing medical care for adults aged 65 and older. This lesson will discuss the significance of this discipline, its history, and current research on age-related health issues.
20. What is Semantic Dementia? - Symptoms & Treatment
Dementia affects millions of people and can often be difficult to understand and sometimes impossible to treat. In this lesson, you will learn about one type of dementia- semantic dementia - and explore how some of the symptoms manifest and are treated.
21. What are Amyloid Plaques? - Definition & Significance
Amyloid plaques are clumps of beta-amyloids, which destroy connections between nerve cells. They are found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, an incurable dementia that impacts thinking, memory and behavior.
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