The discussion assignment provides a forum to discuss the relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered. For this assignment, there are two parts. Make sure to answer all questions. Provide a detailed response to the topic questions in the Discussion Area. For this assignment, post your responses directly in the Discussion Area. Do not use attached documents.
To support your work, make sure to utilize your course and text readings. When asked, also utilize outside sources. As in all assignments, make sure to cite your sources in your work and provide references for those citations utilizing APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between one or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the due date assigned
Social norms are defined as the expectations a group or society has regarding situations or individuals within that group or society. In some circumstances this translates to the expectation that older adults need to act old. There are different theories regarding social aging, many of which reflect a particular social norm or even generational perspective on social aging. For example, role theory reflects how a person ages based on his or her perceived roles. According to this theory, a person’s career would often help identify who that person is, such as a doctor, nurse, mechanic, or cook. Another view is the life course perspective, which looks at aging through a longitudinal perspective based on life experiences and normative and non-normative life events.
Describe two other social theories on aging. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of one of the theories chosen and compare it to the life course perspective and role theory.
Explain how social norms can lead to stereotypical views of older adults. Describe how these views are being challenged and changed.
Explain, from a social support and relationship perspective, how older adults utilize tradition and rituals to come to terms with normative and non-normative life events.
Hooyman, N., & Kiyak, H. A.. (2011). Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (9th ed.) Pearson. ISBN: 9780205763139
This is the book that is needed for some of the resources.