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Social Gerontology1

Multidisciplinary perspective of chapter 1

Aging refers to changes that take place in an organism throughout the life span
Senescence normal declines in organ systems
Gerontology study of biological, psychological and social aspects of aging
Geriatrics study of prevention and management of diseases in aging
Chronological aging aging on the basis of a person's years from birth
Biological aging physical changes that reduce the efficiency of organ systems -major cause is decline in number of cell replications -another cause is loss of certain types of cells that don't replicate
Psychological aging changes that occur in sensory and perceptual processes, mental functioning, adaptive capacity, and personality
Social aging changes in a person's roles and relationships with family and friends, in productive roles, and within organizations like religious and political group.
views aging as a positive experience of continued growth Active aging
Promotes participation in family, community, and societal events, regardless of cognitive and physical decline. Active aging
Life expectancy average length of life depending on what year you were born
Resilience is an individual's ability to thrive despite adversity in their life
Maximum life span maximum number of years a species is expected to live
Cross sectional research collection of data on people of different ages at any time
Longitudinal research the study of the same person over a period of months or years
Created by: KSiobhan