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Understanding Aging through Sociology - Chapter Summary
If you are interested in boosting your understanding of the concept of aging through society, this chapter can help! Watch these entertaining videos to study the challenges of aging, graying of America, theories of aging and concepts of death and dying. In no time, you will be able to do the following:
- Discuss the birth rate, death rate, and life expectancy in America
- Share details about retirement, ageism, social isolation, and other challenges of aging
- Describe the structural-functional, symbolic-interaction, and social-conflict theories of aging
- Explain death, dying, the euthanasia debate, and the stages of acceptance
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1. Graying of America: Birth Rate, Death Rate & Life Expectancy
The 'graying of America' is an important aging trend studied by sociologists. In this lesson, we will discuss this phenomenon and three factors that contribute to it: birth rate, death rate, and life expectancy.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance
The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.
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