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Age Discrimination
Negative Behavior toward older people; acting no bias of stereotyes
Ageism
A sytematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old
Chronological Age
Number of years a person has lived
Cohort
The aggregate age of individuals who experienced the same event at the same time interval
Cohort Aging
The continuous advancement of a cohort from one age category to another over its life span
Cohort Effect
A difference due to the experiences or characteristics of the particular cohort to which an individual belongs
Frail Elderly
Older people who depend on others for carrying out their daily activities; they show some metal or physical deterioration and need care from family members
Functional Age
A definition of age based on how people look and what they can do; in functional terms, a person becomes old when he or she can no longer perform the major role of adulthood
Generation
A term applied to studies of family processes; refers to kinship links
Gerontology
The scientific study of biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging
Middle-Old
People aged 75-84
Oldest-Old
People of 85 or older
Senescence
The study of the biological processes that cause mental and physical decline in old age
Social Gerontology
The study of the social aspects of aging
Social Role
A set of expectations of guidelines for people wo occupy a given position or status, such as a widow, grandfather or retiree
Somewhat impaired elderly
People who are beginning to experience chronic ailments and need some assistance from family or community service agencies
Stereotypes
A composite of ideas and beliefs attributed to people as a group or social catagory
Subjective Age Identity
How people subjectively define their age; activity level and health
Successful aging
The attainment of peak physical and psychological functioning and participation in rewarding social activities
Well Elderly
People who are healthy and active, involved in social and leisure activities, often employed, still carry out family responsibilites
Young Old
People 65-74