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Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
While retirement is often much anticipated, there are challenges and issues that go along with stopping work due to age. The lessons in this chapter discuss achievement in late adulthood, including adjusting to retirement. You will explore the reasons why people retire from employment as well as various methods of retiring. Factors such as social isolation and ageism in our society are examined.
This chapter's lessons cover leisure activities common to retired people and how these activities are beneficial. An overview of various living situations is included as well. The lessons include topics such as:
- Preparation for retirement
- Reasons to retire
- Challenges of aging
- Housing and communities for the elderly
|Achievement in Late Adulthood||See how work, retirement, leisure and volunteer activities relate to achievement.|
|Retirement: Definition, Influencing Factors and Preparation, Adjustment||Discuss methods of retiring (gradual vs. abrupt) and look at how people prepare for retirement. Explore race and gender issues regarding retirement.|
|Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Ageism and Social Isolation||Look at the problems that may arise with aging.|
|Leisure Activities of Adults||Learn about the types of leisure activities older adults enjoy. Explore the benefits of activities.|
|Social Context of Aging: Communities, Neighborhoods and Housing||Understand how physical surroundings and social setting affect an aging person's development and adjustment.|
1. Retirement: Definition, Influencing Factors, Preparation & Adjustment
Retirement is a time of change. Sometimes it is forced on someone, and other times there is a gradual entrance. In this lesson, we explore these two main ways as well as effective ways to plan for retirement and how minority and gender status influence this.
2. Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Ageism & Social Isolation
Growing older can be an unpleasant process for many people, and societies sometimes treat being old as a disease with no cure. Sociologists study the aging process, including patterns of social activity among the elderly, and have identified multiple challenges that can make aging difficult. Explore three of the more significant challenges of aging, including less income available in retirement, ageism, and social isolation.
3. Leisure Activities of Adults: Types, Benefits & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore some different types of adult leisure activities. We will discuss the different categories of activities to look at the specific health benefits of each category.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Personality & Aging
- Health of the Aging Population
- The Aging Brain and Nervous System
- Effects of Aging on Skin & Body Build
- Effects of Aging on the Sensory System
- Effects of Aging on the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- Changes to Memory & Attention with Age
- Cognitive Development & Aging
- Overview of Intelligence, Wisdom & Creativity
- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive, Behavioral & Psychological Assessments
- Age-Related Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Abuse Among Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders Related to Aging
- Mood & Stress Disorders Affecting the Aging Population
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Career Changes Over the Lifespan
- Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement
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