Sociology Index

Aging

Aging is a phenomenon that affects all human beings. Aging and Gerontology are the branch of science that deals with old age, the ageing process, and the problems faced by old people in society. It is important to know the aging process, its impact on the individual and on society. Gerontology provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of aging and adult development. Gerontology prepares students for career opportunities working with healthy and independent older adults, with older adults who have health problems and other age-related limitations.

Legal and Ethical Issues and Aging;

Disability and Functioning in Aging;

Images of Aging in the Humanities;

Grandparent-grandchild relationships;

Molecular Biology of Aging;

Cognitive Function and Aging;

Activity and Successful Aging;

Assistive Technology and Aging.

How and why do we age?

Is old age a period of decline?

How is individual aging related to the structure of society?

What are the problems of an aging society?

What is aging from a developmental or life course perspective?

What is the social and economic outlook for an aging society?

Longevity Increased by Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging - Becca R. Levy and Martin D. Slade - Yale Univ., Suzanne R. Kunkel - Miami University, Stanislav V. Kasl - Yale University, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This research found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging, measured up to 23 years earlier, lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive self-perceptions of aging. This advantage remained after age, gender, socioeconomic status, loneliness, and functional health were included as covariates. It was also found that this effect is partially mediated by will to live.

What is Sociology of Aging and the Life Course? - Sociology of Aging and the Life Course provides an analytical framework for understanding the interplay between human lives and changing social structures. Its mission is to examine the interdependence between (a) aging over the life course as a social process and (b) societies and groups as stratified by age, with succession of cohorts as the link connecting the two.