Relate to Older Adults
Chapter Summaries with Key Terms and Academic Vocabulary
Section 15.1 Concerns of Older Adults
Older adults have a variety of concerns as they age. They may have financial and health concerns. They may also reach a point where they cannot live alone. They may share a house, live in a group home, move in with an adult child, or live in a retirement community. Nursing homes may be used for those who need skilled care. Older adults are concerned about safety from crime. Elder abuse and neglect can also be problems of aging. Older adults are individuals and should not be stereotyped. They are working to solve the problems they face.
Section 15.2 The Aging Process
Gerontology is the study of the aging process. There are five general stages of life for older adults. The final years of life are sometimes called the third age. During this time, people face many changes. Physical changes are the most obvious. These can be slowed by good health, nutrition, and exercise. There are also mental, social, and emotional changes. Older adults who stay involved can maintain their mental skills. The biggest social change is retirement. Many adults enjoy the role of grandparent. Preserving emotional health is vital for older adults.
Content and Academic Vocabulary
|respite care ||disengagement|
|chronic disease ||dementia|
|elder abuse||Alzheimer's disease|