Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology by Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak

By Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak


Presents Social Gerontology from a number of Perspectives


Aging concerns illuminates cultural, organic, physiological, emotional, cognitive, fiscal, and social points of getting older. an invaluable advisor to a number of disciplines, this name is helping readers of all academic backgrounds comprehend the dynamic interactions among older humans and their environments.




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S. population—from 28 in 1970 to over 37 years currently. This means that half the population is older than 37 years and half younger. The median age will rise as even more Americans live into their eighties and nineties by 2030 (Howden & Meyer, 2011). The world’s oldest person changes often as verified record-holders die and are replaced by the next in line. For example, when Mr. Jiroemon Kimura, the world’s oldest person—at the time—died in Japan in June 2013 at the age of 116, “the oldest person in the world” title passed on to another Japanese citizen, Ms.

Why do you think this might be the case? Factors such as better prenatal and early childhood services, more access to health care, and healthier foods in other countries contribute to their higher life expectancy rates at birth than those in the United States. Life expectancy in the United States is not rising as fast as it once was and is actually declining in the South. Increasing rates of poverty, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes along with past high rates of cigarette smoking may be contributing factors.

7 social aging, p. 6 social gerontology, p. 2 strengths perspective, p. 3 review questions 1. How does the term geriatrics differ from gerontology? 2. What are some of the limitations of chronological age to describe an older adult? 3. How would you define biological, psychological, and social aging? indd 9 4. Define cohorts and give two examples of how cohort affects a person’s experience of aging. 5. Briefly describe what the concept of resiliency means. 6. What are some limitations of cross-sectional research designs?

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