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Social Implications for Older Adults - Chapter Summary
Work through this sociology chapter at your own pace to review social implications for older adults. Inside the chapter, you'll find bite-sized lessons that explore concepts such as age stratification, senior housing options, person-environment congruence, the well-being of aging adults and much more. After you complete a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you've fully understood the material. Our expert sociology instructors are available to answer your questions, and you can study the chapter anytime it's convenient. These lessons are designed to help you:
- Define and evaluate the different dimensions of successful aging
- Understand what contributes to the well-being of older adults
- Outline the life course perspective
- Determine how age stratification varies between cultures
- Evaluate the implications that person-environment congruence has on older adults
- Differentiate between informal and formal support systems for aging adults
- Analyze several community, neighborhood and housing environments
- Identify possible housing options for older adults
- Assess the pros and cons of senior living communities
1. Dimensions of Successful Aging
What does successful aging look like? This lesson explores factors that challenge us in older age, and what factors help us cope with these obstacles to living well.
2. Correlates & Predictors of Well-Being in Older Adults
This lesson discusses the important elements that can help predict well-being in later life. We will explore how researchers study this subject and what patterns the data shows.
3. The Life Course Perspective
This lesson focuses on the key concepts of the life course perspective used in the social sciences. You will learn how a major historical event sparked an interest in looking more closely at each person's individual life story.
4. Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures
Older adults in one culture can face discrimination, and in another culture, they can be revered. But why is there variation in cultural views of late adulthood? In this lesson, we'll examine age stratification across cultures.
5. Person-Environment Congruence: Implications for Older Adults
In this lesson, we explore how a mismatch between a person's needs and environment can have a significant impact on well-being and adjustment, focusing on why this person-environment congruence is important to understanding the experience of older adults.
6. Informal & Formal Support Systems for Older Adults
This lesson discusses the importance of a social support system, particularly in the life of an older adult. Two types of supports, informal and formal, will be explored.
7. Housing, Neighborhood, & Community Environments
In this lesson, we highlight three main components of a person's environment and look at how older adults are affected by variations in these elements, including the impact of friends and neighbors.
8. Housing Options for Older Adults
In this lesson, we will discuss where a person can choose to live as their needs change in their older years. We will look at the options available and the factors that influence a person's decision.
9. Residential Segregation by Age: Pros & Cons of Senior Living Communities
This lesson discusses why older adults move to age-segregated communities. We will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of this choice and its impact on both younger and older individuals.
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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
- Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations
- 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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