consumers take a stand for quality health care
The study of human development considers
areas of human processes. This course will consider aging from a
chronological, biological, psychological, and social perspective.
As you review each of these aspects in your book, you might think
of older adults that you know. Are some much younger, biologically,
than chronologically? Are some aging well, from a psychological
or social point of view? Try to think of an example of someone who
is aging well, from each of these perspectives.
This course considers aging from a Social Gerontology
perspective-the impact of social and sociocultural conditions on
the process of aging. This perspective also considers the social
consequences of aging. As we see how aging differs in different
societies, cultures, and countries, we can see why the field of
social gerontology has grown. There are many ways to grow old. Some
are better than others. Growing old in the US isn't the best, at
least according to the demographics, but not the worst either.
Your AE reading for this unit lists Fourteen Forecasts
for an Aging Society:
- The retired will work again
- Tech-Savvy seniors will maintain their independence
- The hottest fitness buffs? Seniors!
- Senior-friendly cars will offer independence
- Seniors will be important voters
- More alternative to nursing homes will emerge
- Boomers could end up impoverished
- Elder care shortage is coming
- Aging boomers will force health-care-policy changes
- Elder care will hurt women's careers
- Telecommuting will assist family caregivers
- More employers will offer elder care
- Caregivers will need interviewing skills
- Working families will gain state allies.
As you read this article, and learn more about
each of these trends, you might come to the conclusion that aging
in the U.S. is not going to be too bad at all! Our social, economic,
and technology systems can make for a great old age. Our social
and health care policies are a little iffy-meaning we're not sure
we can provide adequate social security and health care for the