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Soc 3CC3-Nov 25

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Gail Coulas

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Nov 25 Widowhood  Probably a male or female loosing their life partner, most stressful thing you will go through in life, you don’t only use your partner but that future you had planned for that person  When we loose somebody, out of the proper time sequence, its harder to adjust o Loosing a sibling at a young age o Loosing your mother at a young age o Or if parents loose their child o To loose your life partner you can be shell shocked and it could take a long time to get over it  Don’t only loose that person but you loose the future o If you loose an elderly grandparent, you have already disengaged a bit o Who you expected to go through life with and someone you expected to go through old age with  widowhood  Seen as one of the most stressful appearances  55% of people find it a really difficult thing, there is that really strong personal loss o Personal loss  Income reduction o In our generation, lucky maybe because both have a pension or some RSP, savings o 55 and widowed, you have no money and have no way of getting money o Not able or healthy enough to get hired o There are pension plans, people working for a big company, you contribute and you used to get a good pension o What the government is trying to work on now, is that when you get to be a senior at about 60 or 65, you can get Canada pension plan- contribution you make from your pay every year and when you turn 65 you get that back, 1100-1500 a month o At 65 you also get old age security, 500 per month  If your partner dies without a pension, pension have survivor benefits- the survivor gets a certain percentage of that pension o To supplement that is guarantee government supplement people, especially women, who were left with less then 50% of survivor benefit; Canada pension, from the day that your first child was born to the time your last child started 1 day of kindergarten,  This is for people who don’t have enough, take your whole income, 60-65, you say this is what you get,  Recognition of the huge portion of the population don’t have sufficient income to live on  Not only forgoing wages at that time, but also social policy benefits o Widowhood, women more then man will live in poverty depending on their status  Most people don’t get until 30, that they should actually be saving  Sense of loosing your future  Disrupted social network o You’re not a couple anymore o You’re single so you don’t quite fit places o And they do know your close friends, are around you a lot first 6 months, after 6 months the married couples move off o You are always that odd person out o You loose a chunk of who you are and your family, you loose your social life and social network o When you’re first widow, your biggest support is your kids, because it is the same intense loss o After the first year, that dissipates, its not enough from the kids, and about after 18 months your parents especially siblings become your main support, or other single friends  Looking for age, peer contact  That person has gone through the same thing as you  Its like having an old friend who has your history and gets you  There are positive features to putting your parents in a retirement home  have people close to their age, and might have the same history  They want to be with people their own age  Sex selective o 82% of couples who loose their partner are women o Widowhood is sex selective o It tends to be age related  more likely to be widow, especially for women in their later life o Men tend to remarry 4 and a half times in life o Women don’t remarry o Women have this expectation that they are going to loose their husband  they have anticipatory socialization  Age related  W  anticipatory socialization o When they down size, they don’t sown size for their old age but the fact that they will be okay if left alone o That intense grief, you are grieving as a old person but have things set up o Grief is more intense at a younger age o You are more prepared at an older age o Just because you are in that age doesn’t mean you expect it o Men that don’t remarry, don’t do as well as women, has to do with the anticipatory socialization  They tend to be more isolated, don’t eat as often  Women are more likely to socialize  Women are much more likely to be left in poverty hence why we have guarantee life supplement  Women in urban settings do better then in rural settings o Rural areas- less social services, more isolation, so there is a re
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