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race, age, social class, and gender affects health; example: people from higher social classes have better access to health care compared with members of society’s lower class, so they generally have better health.
as people grow older, they reduce their interactions with others—a practice that is unavoidable, mutual, and acceptable to the individual and society.
society places a negative stigma on the elderly, which segregates them from others.
successful aging encompasses health, psycho- logical well-being, role integration, and social engagement.
the health care system compensates the elderly for the years of hard work they put on the job; it gives retired persons access to good and reliable health care.
the growing elderly population means that costs for health care will continue to rise, and current resources may not last long enough to provide health care for future elderly populations.
is an unhealthy accumulation of body fat.
is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
is the study of the distribution of diseases and health throughout a society’s population.
is the expected behaviors and responsibilities appropriate for someone who is ill.
is the idea that the medical community is the center of many aspects of American society.
is the care, services, or supplies related to a person’s health.
is a government-run social insurance program that provides health coverage for people 65 or older.
is a form of government health insurance designed for the poor and disabled.
is the study of aging and the elderly.
is a cohort that consists of people between the ages of 65 and 75.
is a cohort that consists of people over the age of 75.
is the generation that takes care of both its children and its elderly parents.
is prejudice and discrimination based solely on age.
states that reduced interaction between older persons and others is unavoidable, mutual, andacceptable to both the individual and society.
states that lifesatisfaction depends on maintaining aninvolvement with life by developing newinterests, hobbies, roles, and relationships.
1. How does social class affect health?
2. How can television perpetuate stereotypes about people who are obese?
3. Why does the U.S. government reject universal health care plans?
4. Why has life expectancy increased?
5. How do the United States and Japan differ in their perspectives on the elderly?