KINE 3350 Lecture Notes - Geriatrics, Ageism, Fallacy

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Definitions
Gerontology: Branch of knowledge dealing with aging - aging affects the individual and impacts on
society
Geriatrics: Branch of medicine dealing with the diseases of aging
Stereotype: A one sided exaggerated view and a prejudiced view of a group of people
Ageism: Refers to the negative images of and attitudes towards an individual simply because they are
old
Age Grading: Responsibilities and expectations are related to chronological age
Age Norms: Serve as guidelines for acceptable behaviour in specific social situations
Cohort: Refers to all those people born during some specific period or passing through age related
changes at approximately the same time in history
Values: Are internalized criteria by which members of a society select and judge their own and other’s
goals and behaviours
Ethnicity: An ethnic group consists of people who see themselves as similar or alike by virtue of their
common ancestry, whether genuine or not, and are regarded so by others
Culture: Develops when a group shares a way of life at the same time and place
Functional Independence: Seniors being able to do activities of daily living that will allow as great a level
of independence as possible, regardless of diminished physical or mental resources
Active Living: Any physical, social, mental, emotional or spiritual activity that supports individual well-
being and quality of life
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