AS07 Family Relationships and Social BondsCE
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While definitions of family vary based on culture, historical period, and social structure, it remains an important social construct as we age. Family can help define our experiences in old age, with relatives and friends providing caregiving and support as we get older. This course will discuss the history of families, how they have been understood in different historical periods, love and intimacy in aging couples, and the diverse methods of caregiving as we age. In this course, you will learn more about how society constructs old age as a distinct period of life. We will consider the importance of social class, race and ethnicity, and gender in defining people’s lives and opportunities. We will also focus on the myths and inaccuracies our culture perpetuates about aging, individuals in later life, and the process of growing old. Such beliefs not only pattern our own expectations about growing old but also have social, personal, and political consequences for older people themselves. We will also examine career opportunities in social gerontology. How gerontology developed as a field of study and the research methods used in social gerontology are also discussed.

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AS07 Family Relationships and Social Bonds