By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Within the coming years, figuring out senior electorate can be extra very important than it really is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate approach that is helping you know them and understand how to paintings with them. it is balanced among educational and useful discussions, and full of examine instruments. That means, you will ace the category and be prepared for the long run!
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Physically? How old are your parents in each of these categories? Your grandparents? What basis did you use for assigning the ages? 2. Close your eyes and imagine yourself growing 10, 20, 30, 40 years older…Continue until you’ve reached “old age” as you imagine it. How old are you? Who is still in your life from your youth? Who is new in your life? Who has passed on? What do you imagine a typical day to be like? 3. What is the “Aging Revolution” discussed in the chapter? How are you affected by it?
The percentage of elders to the working population has increased steadily, so there are proportionally fewer employed people to support older, retired people today. In 1910, there were 10 working people per older person; in 1980, 5 or 6. S. Bureau of the Census, 2008). A larger proportion of seniors requires more Social Security and Medicare payments, which consequently means higher taxes for taxpayers. Indeed, Social Security taxes have slowly increased over the years. The reasons are multiple—one, however, is the increase of retirees in that system.
42). Current research on selfconcept emphasizes the knowledge base, or structure, that helps individuals to maintain a consistent sense of who they are throughout their life experiences (Scheibe, Kunzmann, & Baltes, 2008). Those who have a good sense of continuity of who they are appear to be better adjusted in later life. They are less likely to identify themselves as being “old,” because they identify as being who they always have been. The dimensions of an individual’s self-concept that deal with self-esteem and a sense of social worth are the very dimensions that our society is most likely to treat harshly.