By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Within the coming years, realizing senior voters might 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 recognize them and understand how to paintings with them. it truly is balanced among educational and useful discussions, and choked with learn instruments. That means, you will ace the category and be prepared for the long run!
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1 the move of baby boomers into later life will profoundly affect regional and national policies on education, health, recreation, and economics. Older people, especially the oldest-old, are dependent on family, the government, or both, for physical, emotional, and financial help. America’s national self-concept will experience a shift from being a youth-oriented nation to one of mature citizenry with the movement of this cohort into old age. Most recent Census Bureau findings also highlight the strong growth of the older population from 1900 to 2000.
Over the years there have been dramatic reductions in the death rates for diseases of the heart, cerebrovascular disease, and pneumonia. Even though life expectancy for males is not as high as for females, both genders’ expectancies have increased considerably over the last several decades. This increase has been driven overwhelmingly by changes in environmental factors causing death, rather than factors intrinsic to the aging process itself. 5 People surviving to selected ages according to life tables for the United States: 1900–1902 to 2000 100 90 80 Percent 70 60 50 40 2000 1989–91 1979–81 1939–41 1900–02 30 20 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Age 70 80 90 100 110 Note: The reference population for these data is the resident population.
A word of caution must guide our consideration of the older person’s status in colonial times. “Status” is a multidimensional concept, measurable in many ways, that indicates one’s social ranking in society. Deference, respect, health, economic resources, material possessions, occupation, education, and political power are all possible indicators of social status. By some measures, the colonial elders had high status. They were shown deference and respect, and they had political power and financial control of their land.