Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach [NOTES Part 18] - 4.0ed the course

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Family and Child Sciences
FAD 2230
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THE DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION • Life expectancy is increasing. • The "Oldest Old" are increasing in numbers. o The Baby Boom Generation (born during the 1950s and 1960s) are entering their  retirement years. o Increases in medical technology. o Improvements in nutrition and living conditions. • Elderly women outnumber elderly men: there are 86 men for every 100 women ages 65­69. o This disparity increases with age.  • Most elderly men are married, more so than elderly men. o Elderly women (40%) are far more likely  to live alone than elderly men (19%). ABOUT CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS • "Boomerangers": Adult chidden who return home temporarily after leaving home for school,  work, or other reasons. o Influences: housing costs, job opportunities, wages, employment. o Advantages: emotional and economic security, help with their own children. o Disadvantages: regression to previous parent­child roles, problems with  parenting/grandparenting. • Adult Parent­Child Relationships o Strong connection, but parents feel more strongly connected to children than children  to parents. o Parents of adult children may help with finances for expenses, housing, health care,  daycare, and educational funds. THE AGING COUPLE • Marital Satisfaction may increase after children leave home. However, it may largely be  based  upon individuals' expectations of marriage. • Sexual desire and activity remain essential elements in elderly marriage. o Non­married elderly adults may encounter issues such as STI's that they were not  concerned about when they are younger. • Division of household labor remains the same, as women continue to do most of the  housework.  Widowhood • Death of a spouse is one of life’s most stressful events → Loss of companion/friend, income, and way of life • Women are more likely to be widows than men: → Women live to older age → Wives are typically a few years younger than their husbands → Widowed women are less likely to remarry than widowed men (they like older men and they’ve already passed away) • Men have more difficulty coping with widowhood than women; women may have more financial difficulties  Grief and bereavement • The process of grief and bereavement (Kubler-Ross) → Individuals may not go through all stages, or in this order ⇒ Denial: “this isn’t happening”; could look like hope or faith ⇒ Anger: someone understands that this is happening and questions why this is happening “this isn’t fai
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