Introduction to Aging

What you’ll learn to do:¬†evaluate the aging of society and summarize the theoretical perspectives on aging

Two older men sit across from one another at a picnic table outside and are playing chess.

While the landmark achievements of maturing into adulthood are a source of pride, physical signs of natural aging can be cause for shame or embarrassment. Some people try to fight off the appearance of aging with cosmetic surgery. Although many seniors report that their lives are more satisfying than ever, and their self-esteem is stronger than when they were young, they are still subject to negative cultural attitudes that make them feel invisible and devalued. In this section, we’ll examine aging in America and abroad and look at the theoretical perspectives on aging.

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