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

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 facets of getting older. an invaluable consultant to a variety of disciplines, this identify is helping readers of all academic backgrounds comprehend the dynamic interactions among older humans and their environments.




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2006a, 2006b). We now turn to four other important demographic trends—the growth of populations of color that will change the face of aging in the future; the increasing numbers of older adults who are “out of the closet” in terms of their sexual orientation; the geographic ­distribution of older adults; and the high school completion rate. Increasing Diversity among the Older Population As we noted in the Introduction to this book, the population age 65 and older is more heterogeneous ­ than any other age group.

Such changes fuel public perceptions about older adults as a “burden” on the younger population. However, the population under age 16—not older adults—will continue to be the largest “dependent” group. As more elders remain in the workforce longer, there will be fewer retired elders who require economic support from younger adults. What is unknown, however, is how the Great Recession that started in 2008 and the increasing numbers of unemployed adults will affect this ratio in the next 10–20 years.

In 2011, 57 percent of all persons age 65 and older lived in 11 states that have the highest absolute number of older people. Not surprisingly, the highest numbers are in Florida. But what may surprise you is that many of these states are not ones with sunny retirement destinations that we traditionally associate with large numbers of retirees, but include West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, New York, and Ohio. It is not just the absolute numbers that matter in terms of quality of life, but also the proportion of residents over age 65.

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