CASL Lesson 1

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CASL Lesson 1
2010-06-26 08:37:27
Key terms

Chapter 1
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  1. Successful Aging
    The attainment of peak physical and psychological functioning and participation in rewarding social activities.
  2. Gerontology
    The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging.
  3. Social gerontology
    The study of the social aspects of aging.
  4. Chronological Age
    Number of years a person has lived
  5. Young-Old
    • Young-Old: People 65 to 74
    • Middle-Old: People 75 to 84
    • Oldest-Old: People 85 or older
  6. Social roles
    A set of expectations or guidelines for people who occupy a given position or status, such as widow, grandfather, or retiree.
  7. Functional age
    A definition of age based on how people look and what they can do; in functional terms, a person becomes old when he or she can no longer perform the major roles of adulthood.
  8. Well elderly
    People who are healthy and active, involved in social and leisure activities, often employed or busy with volunteer work, still carrying out family responsibilities, and fully engaged in the life of the community.
  9. Somewhat impaired elderly
    People who are beginning to experience chronic ailments and need some assistance from family or community service agencies.
  10. Frail elderly
    Older people who depend on others for carrying out their daily activities; they show some mental or physical deterioration and need care from family members.
  11. Subjective age identity
    How people subjectively define their age; most important factors in determining subjective age identity are activity level and health.
  12. Cohort
    The aggregate of individuals who experienced the same event within the same time interval.
  13. Cohort aging
    The continuous advancement of a cohort from one age category to another over its life span.
  14. Generation
    A term applied to studies of family processes; refers to a kinship link.
  15. Cohort effect
    A difference due to the experiences or characteristics of the particular cohort to which an individual belongs.
  16. Ageism
    A systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old.
  17. Stereotypes
    A composite of ideas and beliefs attributed to people as a group or social category.
  18. Age discrimination
    Negative behavior toward older people ; acting on the basis of stereotypes.