Chapter 16 for FALL 2010 semester

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1 Apr 2011
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Most segments of north american society tend to have certain assumptions about old age. In contrast to the esteem in which they are held in most asian countries, older adults are generally not treated very well in north america, and numerous myths abound. The general public endorses many mistaken beliefs about the elderly; for instance, considerably mythology has surrounded sexuality and aging, the principal assumption being that at the age of. 65 sex becomes improper, unsatisfying, and even impossible; however, older people, well into their 80s and beyond, are capable of deriving enjoyment from sexual intercourse and other kinds of lovemaking. The social problems of aging may be especially severe for women. Although grey hair at the temples and even a bald head are often considered distinguished in a man, signs of aging in women are not valued in society ageism discrimination against someone because of his/her age.

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