FMLY 1010 Chapter 15: Topic 17

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University of Manitoba
Family Social Sciences
FMLY 1010
Christine A.Schippers

lP98729 o Highest attending in seniors, 410 attend once a week o Attending regularly leads to being more optimistic, physically healthier, longer living, satisfied with life, less stress in life o Sense of belonging is associated with sense of wellbeing Attendance patterns dont change much even if senior becomes illdisabled Mortality rate lower among religious individuals Religion provides opportunities to help others, intergenerational involvement, and a structure by which to pass on knowledge to younger individuals Alternative Explanations: Religious and nonreligious individuals may differ in personality factors Likely that those higher in extraversion would be more comfortable in religious social environments, extraversion is correlated with successful aging Social Relationships (525) Social relationships characterized by consistency and change Decline in role content, daily routines no longer structured by specific roles Living Arrangements Only 5.6 of women and 3 of men over age 65 live in longterm care institutions Increases in seniors over age 85 Most older adults tend to prefer to live independently or in private homes A man can typically expect to have a spouseintimate partner until he dies (marry younger women, women live longer than men) Women can expect to live without a partner at the end of old age Older women are more likely to live alone than older men Factors affecting probability that an unattached older adult will live with a childother relative: 1) Health older, higher functioning adults are less likely to move in with familyinstitutional living arrangements o 2) Income older adults with higher household incomes are more likely to live with family 3) Adult childrens characteristics older adults with several daughters more likely to live with grown children Married adults more likely to take in aging parents than single adults 4) Public home care social support services less likely to become institutionalized if have home care services and social support Partnerships (527) Marital satisfaction is higher in late adult years than when children are still at home Marriage tends to be based less on passion and mutual disclosure, more on loyalty, familiarity, and mutual investment
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