Aging Study Guide

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Study Guide - Aging and the Elderly *Use the handout distributed in class to answer these questions The handout title is “Aging and the Elderly” This study guide includes focus questions, key terms and application questions for this topic. Use this document as a guide during the presentation of this material and for inclass discussion and as a study guide for the unit exam. Students are expected to use their textbook to answer the focus questions indicated below and define the key terms not already defined. Students are expected to answer one (1) application question to show an understanding of the material presented in the textbook. Students are expected to complete this study guide prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material that was read. Focus Questions (worth 5 points) Answer questions 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9

1. Who are the elderly? What are their demographics? 2. What are three factors “reshaping” the United States into an older society? 3. What is age stratification? (apply text material if necessary) 4. What are factors that have led to stratification of the elderly in the United States? 5. What is the functional perspective on age stratification? 6. What is the conflict approach/perspective on age stratification? 7. What is the symbolic-interaction approach/perspective on age stratification? 8. What is the “Right-to Die” debate? 9. What are challenges facing the elderly and an aging society? (list your opinion based on what you read from the handout Key Terms Activity theory – The idea that a high level of activity increases personal satisfaction in old age Age stratification – the unequal distribution (and access to) wealth power, and privilege among people at different stages of the life course Ageism – prejudice and discrimination against older people Care giving – informal and unpaid care provided to a dependent person by family members, other relatives, or friends Disengagement theory – The idea that society functions in an orderly way by...
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