The Aging Population

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The Aging Population
Soc 202
December-19, 2010

The Aging Population
The aging population seemed like one of the most important populations suffering in our world today. The aging society has a: Declining birthrate, Increase in the life expectancy of Americans, and consist of 13% (35 million) of the United States population. (Stanley, Baca, & Eitzen, 2008) When I think of the aging population in the United States I cannot let go of the thought that their future is going to be harder as a population to survive because of the statistics rising against them. The aging population includes many different people from all over the world, which brings in the concern of sex ratio and racial composition. The sex ratio today is three elderly women to every two elderly men, which shows how men actually die before women, and as the elderly get older the disparity is larger. According to (Stanley, Baca, & Eitzen, 2008) the secondary status of women in the U.S society has provided them with extra longevity. The traditional gender roles have demanded that men be engaged in more stressful, demanding and dangerous occupations. The racial composition shows that racial minorities have a lower life expectancy than do whites. The racial minorities include mostly African Americans and Latinos. Minorities usually have large families with no health insurance, and receive less than perfect medical attention, which makes them have lower life expectancy. Recently the President of the United States has approved a health care bill that I hope will help the minorities in the U.S so that they can actually live longer lives. Life expectancy is increasing in older adults, which could be a good thing but most elderly adults are white, single, and female. I think that the elderly people who are widowed and left along have a hard time adjusting to living alone, and starting over from day one without the benefits they may have had with a living spouse. Unfortunately, the text states that...
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