SOC 4020/5020--Sociology of Aging
Exam 3 Study Questions
is housing an important issue for the elderly? What is
the relationship between housing satisfaction and life
satisfaction among the elderly? Why do you think this
relationship is so strong? What characteristics and
features of the elderly make housing issues of particular
concern to them? What is meant by "person
environment fit" and "age appropriate
housing?" Why are they important?
are some of the housing options available to the elderly
in the US? What living arrangements are most common?
Which are least common? Explain these patterns. What is
meant by the continuum of care? How does it relate to
housing options? Do you foresee changes in the living
arrangements of the elderly in the future? If so, what
are they? If not, why not?
is meant by aging in place? What are some of the problems
presented by aging in place? What is being done to
address these problems? What more can be done?
the migration patterns of the elderly, making sure to
address (1) what patterns are most common, (2) what
factors motivate the elderly to move, and (3) the
difference between voluntary and involuntary migration.
is age segregation? Is it good or bad for the elderly? Is
it good or bad for society at large? Is all age
segregation deliberate and intentional? Explain your
the elderly more or less likely to be victims of a
violent crime than younger age groups? To what types of
crimes are the elderly most susceptible? What, if
anything, can be done to reduce the elderly's
susceptibility to such crimes? What, if anything, can be
done to reduce the elderly's fear of crime?
the public be alarmed about recent increases in the
number of elder abuse cases? Why or why not? What factors
have contributed to the increase? What can be done to
reduce the occurrence of elder abuse?
does the role of religion in the lives of individuals
change as we age? Are older people more religious than
younger people? Do people get more religious as they age?
How can age differences in religiosity be explained?
are some of the functions of religion at both the
societal and individual level? Does religion have
benefits for aging individuals? Explain.
people become more or less involved in community and
civic organizations as they age? Are they more or less
likely to provide volunteer service? How might you
explain these patterns?
- What is the economic status of the elderly population?
How do they compare to younger age groups? Be sure to
consider income, wealth, home ownership, and poverty
rates in your answers. Also be sure to address the impact
of age, race, and gender.
- What are the main sources of income for the elderly? How
have these sources changed over the last 40-50 years? How
are they likely to change in future? Do you think the
elderly will be better or worse off financially in the
future? Explain your answer.
- Discuss some of the cultural and historical forces that
have made work and the workplace more difficult for older
workers. What is age discrimination and why might an
employer to discriminate against an older worker? Other
than legal action, what could be done to make work
environments more friendly to older workers and to reduce
age discrimination? Do you see attitudes towards older
workers changing in the future? Why or why not?
- What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of social
security? How would change social security, if at all?
What do you see as the future of social security? Will it
be around when you retire? Why or why not?
- How did early gerontologists tend see the impact of
retirement on the aging individual? Why did they adopt
this view? What does current research say about the
impact of retirement on the individual? Under what
circumstances might retirement have a negative impact?
What do recent trends in retirement suggest about
attitudes toward retirement?
- What impact, if any, has the growing numbers of elderly
had on American politics? Are the elderly an influential
political force? Why or why not? Will they become more
influential as their numbers grow? What impact has the
growing numbers of elderly had on public policy issues
such as taxation, education, Medicare, and social
security? Will the growing numbers of elderly
substantially change public policy in the future?
- What is "intergenerational equity?" Is it
attainable? Why or why not? Should we strive to attain
it? What evidence is offered by those who argue the
elderly receive a disproportionate amount of social and
economic support from our government? Do you agree? What,
if anything, needs to be done to establish equity?