There was widespread cross-cultural consensus regarding the expected direction of aging trajectories with 1 perceived declines in societal views of aging, physical attractiveness, the ability to perform everyday tasks, and new learning, 2 perceived increases in wisdom, knowledge, and received respect, and 3 perceived stability in family authority and life satisfaction. Cross-cultural variations in aging perceptions were associated with culture-level indicators of population aging, education levels, values, and national character stereotypes.
The brilliant photographic work of Chester Higgins, Jr. The subjects of his portraits are individuals who convey a sense of strength and dignity. The resilience of the elderly provides an opportunity for many to learn of and from this cohort of adults, and to do what is necessary to ensure that we understand all that is involved in the aging process.
As a society, we should ask how one can dismiss the struggles of such an amazing generation of adults. Becoming older aging is inevitable, but it is also something that should be revered.
Yet, the question beckons: What are we doing as a society to make sure that we adapt healthy lifestyles now to assure an inexorable transition into old age? This question is similarly posed as we strive to meet the demands of a growing diverse racially and ethnically aging population.
Over the last twenty-five years, there has been a growing emphasis in the field of gerontology to examine issues related to diversity across racial and ethnic groups. This has resulted in an evident need for an organized platform focusing on the scientific advances of the aged from diverse races and ethnic populations, while enhancing conceptual and theoretical models within and across varying ethnic and race groups.
These concerns are reflected in my own scholarly work focusing on the behavioral, psycho-social, and cultural aspects of aging.
We must similarly recognize that individuals are now living longer and enjoying more years of an active lifestyle. The incidence of disease, while still high among this cohort of adults, is now more likely to be managed with improved healthcare and access to services that was not readily available some years ago.
Yet, we must remain vigilant in recognizing that inequities continue to exist, and everyone does not have equal access or availability of optimal or affordable healthcare. This remains an important social issue that must be addressed if we are to continue our efforts in improving the well-being of the aging population.
Recognizing the enormity of this challenge, leaders in the field of gerontology are now contributing to our knowledge and insight on matters most pertinent to understanding the changing demographic structure of the older adult population. This effort has resulted in a progressive and multidisciplinary compendium of research pertaining to aging among populations not only in the United States, but globally.
It is critical that we now focus on paramount public health, social, behavioral, and biological concerns as they relate to the needs of older adults.
We must also distill the most important advances in the science of aging and incorporate the evidence of scholars in gerontology, anthropology, humanities, psychology, public health, sociology, social work, biology, medicine, and other, similarly related disciplines. It is time that our attention centers on areas pertinent to the well-being of the adult population such as work and retirement, social networks, context and neighborhood, discrimination, health disparities, long-term care, physical functioning, caregiving, housing, and end-of-life care.
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Organize yourself properly. Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population. 1 Older adults experience unequal treatment, discrimination and prejudice in the workplace. Aging and Disability Worksheet Part 1 Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population 1.
Health 2. Job security 3. Lack of respect from the younger youth 1. Ethnicity and Aging Worksheet: Hispanic Americans (% = 20 Points) The purpose of this worksheet is to explore information about the health and health care of the aging population specific to an ethnic group residing in a specific region or .
an aging inmate population and provide limited training for this purpose.
Aging inmates often require assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing and moving around within the institution.
Respect And Dignity Helping your loved one maintain a sense of dignity can be one of the most difficult aspects of caregiving. Take a minute to consider your special role as a caregiver.