Theories Of Aging

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The plights of aging and minorities are substantially difficult to those to have endure the hardships of both groups. With the amount of the elderly majority increasing rapidly, this work examines certain aspects such as education and economic status. Based on that concept, I intend to find weather there is a correlation to the quality longevity of life for those of the aging minority differ in comparison to their counterparts Minority Aging Aging is a fact of life. As the years progress, the amount of aging individuals in the United States has been projected to increase considerably. In fact, Wiener and Tilly (2002) expressed that, the number of aging individuals is estimated to increase by 135% between 2000 and 2050. Moreover, the number of aging minorities is expected to increase as well. By the turn of the next midcentury, they are projected to increase by 500% (Scharlach, Fuller-Thomson & Kramer 2002). With this substantial growth, I set out to uncover the underlying reasons to why the quality and longevity of life for those of the aging minority differ in comparison to their counterparts. Through critical analysis, theoretical perspectives, I intend to discover the societal views, strengths and differences that exists among minorities. When it comes to the elderly minority, the social theories of aging resonate like no other. More specifically, the gerotranscendence theory. This theory involves the transition of aging as developmental process which is done internally, largely focusing on inner thoughts and emotions. So much so that “The individual reaches a fundamental acceptance of life lived, regardless of how good ... ... middle of paper ... ...mes because they live in poorer neighborhoods and are more likely to visit lower-quality hospitals with higher complication and mortality rates due to their presumed proximity to those hospitals” (2013). Another aspect, that has a relatively large impact on the aging minority is education and/or the lack thereof. According to ideas based of Feinstein, Sabates, Anderson, Sorhaindo & Hammond, the more educated people are more likely they are to be in good health. This ultimately encourages and maintains family and community well-being, healthy lifestyles and positive choices and supporting and nurturing human development (2006). Base of this idea, they have conclude that “Compared with individuals with low levels of education, those with high levels of education tended to smoke fewer cigarettes, consume more alcohol, and exercise more” (Ferinstein et al., 2006)

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