Aging includes the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional changes that occur during late adulthood. Varying cultures take different approaches to aging. At the same time, individuals within these cultures and societies may have varied and distinctly personal views regarding aging. When addressing aging in late adulthood, one must also address death, dying, and bereavement. Religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, personality, and coping style can all impact an individual’s responses to and beliefs about death (Berk, 2014). Today, web-based virtual cemeteries are a new way for people to connect and grieve with each other, even when separated by distance. Nonetheless, varying cultures approach aging in many different ways.
For this Discussion, you will examine how different countries approach aging.
To prepare for this Discussion: Consider how different countries approach aging. As you consider different countries, think about the following: Do older adults live with their children, or are they more likely to live in a nursing home? Are older adults seen as wise individuals to be respected and revered, or are they a burden to their family and to society? Next, select two different countries and compare and contrast their approaches to aging. By Day 4
Post and identify each of the countries you selected. Then, explain two similarities and two differences in how the countries approach aging. Be specific and provide examples. Use your Learning Resources to support your post. Use proper APA format and citations.
Readings for this week, please use as a reference for answering question:
Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Chapter 17, “Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood” (pp. 562–601)
Chapter 18, “Emotional and Social Development in Late Adulthood” (pp. 602–636) North, M. S., & Fiske, S. T. (2015). Modern attitudes toward older adults in the aging world: A cross-cultural meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 141(5), 993–1021. doi:10.1037/a0039469
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. National Institute of Health. (n.d.). National Institute on Aging. Retrieved August 26, 2016, from http://www.nia.nih.gov Document: Final Project Assignment Overview document (PDF) Required Media Films Media Group. (Producer). (1998). Accepting life’s transitions [Video file]. Part of the Series: Creating All-Around Wellness|Total Health: Achieving your Personal Best. New York, N.Y.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 30 minutes.
Accessible player –Downloads–Download Transcript Optional Resources Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Chapter 19, “Death, Dying, and Bereavement” (pp. 638–667) American Psychological Association. (2016a). Adult development and aging. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/about/division/div20.aspx Multimedia Interactive Tool:
Laureate Education. (Producer). (2010c). Life expectancy calculator [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
This interactive application uses a simple logarithm to estimate your possible longevity. It will calculate your body mass index, consider some of the variables that impact longevity, and compare your results to the current national averages. You are the only person that will see your score. Your information will not be saved, archived, or shared with anyone.
[Note: This calculator is for educational purposes only. It is in no way meant to provide medical advice of any kind. For detailed information about your personal health and longevity, please consult a qualified health care professional.]
PBS. (Producer). (2010). Life (Part 2): Ethnicity, race and aging [Video file]. Retrieved August 26, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5DeRZ9yfbk
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.