By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Within the coming years, figuring out senior voters 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 method that is helping you realize them and understand how to paintings with them. it truly is balanced among educational and sensible discussions, and jam-packed with research instruments. That approach, you will ace the category and be prepared for the longer term!
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This chapter explores stereotypes based on age and provides information to explain why they exist. Stereotypes of Aging Stereotypes are generalized beliefs or opinions based on individual experience, often produced by irrational thinking. Stereotyping and labeling seem to fulfill our need to structure and organize situations in order to minimize ambiguity and to clarify where we stand in relation to others. Because of the complexity of our society, we need to quickly assess situations and people, based on our beliefs or previous experience: this is a person I can trust .
Since the 1930s, however, medical science has extended longevity and improved general health. The 65-year-old today is not the same physically or psychologically as the 65-yearold in 1935. That person today is likely to be healthier and better educated, for starters, and to be more intimately connected with the larger world through the medium of television and radio, than was his or her counterpart in 1935. Social scientists now question whether 75, 80, or 85 might more accurately mark the beginning of old age.
Some scientists think that the longevity gaps may be due to chromosomal or hormonal differences. Whatever the reasons, older women outnumbered their male counterparts in 1994 by a ratio of 3 to 2—20 million to 14 million—and the difference grew with advancing age. One consequence of this gender discrepancy is that older women are much more likely than men to live alone. More than eight of 10 non-institution- 24 Chapter 1 alized older adults living alone in 2000 were women (AoA, 2008a). The leading causes of death for men and women over age 65 have remained stable in the past decade.