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The Demography of Aging - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Many different characteristics might be considered when looking at the demographics of an aging population, including social status, health, gender, location and ethnicity. In this chapter, our instructors will guide your understanding of how modernization has affected traditional roles and how a population's age structure changes over time. You can also learn about trends that may be observed around the world related to aging populations. This chapter is designed to teach you:
- The effects of an aging population on society
- How social status and age are related
- Information that can be found on the population pyramid
- Social and health characteristics of an aging population
|The Demographics of an Aging Population: Types & Examples||Discuss gender, ethnic and cultural difference of the aging population.|
|How The Demographics of an Aging Population Affect Society||Explain how the composition of the older population affects society.|
|Global Trends in an Aging Population||Discuss the increasing population of older adults across cultures.|
|The Relationship Between Age & Social Status||Explain how social status and age are related and how that varies between cultures.|
|The Effect of Modernization on the Roles of Elders in Traditional Societies||Discuss how modernization has changed the roles of elders.|
|Individual Aging Processes: Life Span & Life Expectancy||Explain the two ways of measuring individual aging, including life span and life expectancy.|
|Population Aging: How a Population's Age Structure Changes||Outline how a populations' age structure changes relative to fertility, mortality and migration.|
|The Population Pyramid||Explain the types of information depicted on the population pyramid.|
|Social Characteristics of an Aging Population||Discuss features such as marital status, living arrangements, education, income and labor force participation related to aging.|
|Health Characteristics of an Aging Population||Address the patterns of acute and chronic illness.|
|Generational Cohorts of Older Populations: Young-Old vs. Old-Old||Explain generation and why differences exist among older generations.|
|Gender Differences in the Older Population||Discuss differences in gender of older adults related to income, housing and living conditions.|
|Racial & Ethnic Differences in the Older Population||Explain differences of older adults in various racial and ethic groups pertaining to longevity, income and family.|
|Locational Differences in the Older Population||Discuss differences in the various setting in which older people live, including suburban, urban and rural.|
|Minority & Other Differences in the Older Population||Address various types of minorities among the aging, such as homosexuals, prisoners, homeless and the developmentally disabled.|
|Worldwide Trends of an Aging Population||Compare and contrast the world-wide trends related to the aging.|
1. 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.
2. How The Demographics of an Aging Population Affect Society
In this lesson, we will look at how elderly people, as a demographic population, influence the way society functions. Elderly people can cause large economic and political changes, as well as some minor legal ones.
3. Global Trends in an Aging Population
In this lesson we look at global trends that are occurring with the elderly, as well as specific issues that affect industrialized and developing nations. Lastly, we look at how culture is affected by all of this.
4. The Relationship Between Age & Social Status
As people age, they sometimes feel like society doesn't value them anymore. In this lesson, we'll explain the relationship between age and social status, including looking at age stratification and modernization theory.
5. The Effect of Modernization on the Roles of Elders in Traditional Societies
What do technology and discrimination against older adults have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the modernization theory, and how it tries to explain the differences in how the elderly are treated in modern societies versus traditional ones.
6. Individual Aging Processes: Life Span & Life Expectancy
How long will you live? How long will anyone live? While we can't answer those questions for you, in this lesson we'll examine the two ways to measure how long people live, life span and life expectancy, and gender differences in them.
7. Population Aging: How a Population's Age Structure Changes
This lesson explores what it means for a population to start aging. In addition, we'll also explore the primary mechanisms of what ages a population and how this influences the ratio of workers to non-workers.
8. The Population Pyramid
In this lesson, we look at what a population pyramid is, how to read it, some interesting features about them, and what are some prototypical examples of them.
9. Social Characteristics of an Aging Population
As people age, they face new challenges and changes in their social life. In this lesson, we will discuss the social characteristics of the aging population, including marital status, living arrangements, financial issues, and workforce issues.
10. Health Characteristics of an Aging Population
What does it mean to live to be 80 and to be able to take care of yourself? Is everything that happens to you just part of getting older? Or is getting sick a separate and horrifying issue?
11. Generational Cohorts of Older Populations: Young-Old vs. Old-Old
In this lesson, we look at what a cohort and generation are as well as how they are different. We finish by discussing how these influence the differentiation between the young-old and the old-old.
12. Gender Differences in the Older Population
As people age, their finances and living arrangements change. Those changes don't happen the same way for men and women, though. In this lesson, we'll examine the differences in the genders in late adulthood.
13. Locational Differences in the Older Population
As people age, they sometimes find that the place where they're living doesn't meet their needs. Watch this lesson to find out what happens when retirees decide to move and what makes a good setting for older adults.
14. Minority & Other Differences in the Older Population
Aging is similar across people, but in this lesson we look at how aging is different for racial and sexual minorities, alternate lifestyles, and developmentally disabled individuals.
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- Introduction to Gerontology
- Political & Ethical Issues in Studying Gerontology
- Research Methods & the Study of Gerontology
- Conducting Ethical Research When Studying Gerontology
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- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- The Brain & Nervous System in Older Adults
- The Aging Muscle, Skeletal, and Integumentary Systems
- The Aging Sensory System
- The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Attention and Memory of the Aging Population
- The Cognitive Development of Older Adults
- Intelligence, Creativity, & Wisdom in Older Adults
- Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders in Older Adults
- Measures of Well-Being in Aging Populations
- Clinical Assessment in Psychology
- Anxiety Disorders Related to Aging
- Substance Use Disorders & Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders in Older Adults
- Personality & Older Adulthood
- Mood and Stress Disorders
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Aging in Society: Social Implications for Older Adults
- Interpersonal Relationships of Older Adults
- The Economics of Aging
- Work in Late Adulthood
- Work, Leisure & Community Involvement in Retirement
- Politics and Policy for Older Adults
- Dying and Bereavement in Older Adults