Sociology 2140 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Disengagement Theory, Gerontophobia, Baby Boomers

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Ageism: the belief that age is associated with certain psychological, behavioral or intellectual traits. Modernizaion theory: as a society becomes more technologically advanced, the posiion of the elderly declines. Always sick: 3/4 elderly rate health as good to excellent, proporion of elderly living in homes is declining (9. 2% of women, 4. 9% of men) Senile: only 20-25% develop alzheimer"s/ other brain diseases. Likely vicims of crime than young people: run less vicimizaion than any other group. Sexual saisfacion disappears: over 25% report having sex at least once/week. Cannot adapt to new working condiions: depends on the individual. Declaraion on the rights of the child (1959) fundamental children"s rights. Convenion on the rights of the child: the most comprehensive human rights document ever adopted by the internaional community: aboriginal children have a disability rate more than twice the naional average. Child poverty increased and remained stable through the 1990s (15-16% of children)

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