Cultural Views on Aging

Cultural Views on Aging

Growing older is the natural progression of living organisms. Modern culture views signs of aging as a negative side effect of living. It is often viewed as something that should be reversed or slowed down. In 2011, the Associated Press reported that the baby boomer generation spent approximately $80 billion dollars on anti-aging products and speculated that figure to balloon to $114 billion by 2015. Why does the culture in the United States place such a high value on staying young? What stigmas do elderly people face? How does popular culture stereotype the elderly? Are the stereotypes correct? For this assignment, you will explain your ideas on what it means to age in the cultural landscape of the United States. Assignment Details: Perform the following tasks: • Complete the reading assignment and the interactive lesson before attempting this assignment. • Research the topic on cultural views of aging by: o Using Google to search a few key words used to describe elderly people and review what topics are on the list. o Reviewing magazines and television commercials and note how you see elderly people portrayed. • To complete this assignment: o Review the Written Assignment Rubric for a review of writing expectations. o Use your research and the worksheet on page 2 to respond to the following questions: o Your response to the questions should be at least 350 words in length. o Use Safe Assign to check your written draft against unintended plagiarism. o Ensure that your responses are free of spelling and grammatical errors. • Use the proper naming convention when saving your assignment: o SOC101h_wk9_assn_jsmith_mmddyyy • Submit your assignment for grading. Grading: Gradable items in assignment Points Possible Points Earned Describe your views on a culture that wants to remain young. 5 Describe the stigmas facing the elderly. 10 Describe stereotypes of elderly in popular culture. 10 Explain what it means to age in the U.S.A and provide an example. 10 Response adheres to writing conventions. 5 Total Points 40 Assignment Worksheet: • Respond to the questions, using at least 350 words (total for both responses). • Ensure that your responses are free of spelling and grammatical errors. Questions: 1. Why does the culture in the United States place such a high value on staying young? [Enter your response here.] 2. What stigmas do elderly people face? [Enter your response here.] 3. How does popular culture stereotype the elderly? Are the stereotypes correct? [Enter your response here.] 4. What does it mean to age in the cultural landscape of the United States? Give one example of a culture that has a different view. [Enter your response here.]Growing older is the natural progression of living organisms. Modern culture views signs of aging as a negative side effect of living. It is often viewed as something that should be reversed or slowed down. In 2011, the Associated Press reported that the baby boomer generation spent approximately $80 billion dollars on anti-aging products and speculated that figure to balloon to $114 billion by 2015. Why does the culture in the United States place such a high value on staying young? What stigmas do elderly people face? How does popular culture stereotype the elderly? Are the stereotypes correct? For this assignment, you will explain your ideas on what it means to age in the cultural landscape of the United States. Assignment Details: Perform the following tasks: • Complete the reading assignment and the interactive lesson before attempting this assignment. • Research the topic on cultural views of aging by: o Using Google to search a few key words used to describe elderly people and review what topics are on the list. o Reviewing magazines and television commercials and note how you see elderly people portrayed. • To complete this assignment: o Review the Written Assignment Rubric for a review of writing expectations. o Use your research and the worksheet on page 2 to respond to the following questions: o Your response to the questions should be at least 350 words in length. o Use Safe Assign to check your written draft against unintended plagiarism. o Ensure that your responses are free of spelling and grammatical errors. • Use the proper naming convention when saving your assignment: o SOC101h_wk9_assn_jsmith_mmddyyy • Submit your assignment for grading. Grading: Gradable items in assignment Points Possible Points Earned Describe your views on a culture that wants to remain young. 5 Describe the stigmas facing the elderly. 10 Describe stereotypes of elderly in popular culture. 10 Explain what it means to age in the U.S.A and provide an example. 10 Response adheres to writing conventions. 5 Total Points 40 Assignment Worksheet: • Respond to the questions, using at least 350 words (total for both responses). • Ensure that your responses are free of spelling and grammatical errors. Questions: 1. Why does the culture in the United States place such a high value on staying young? [Enter your response here.] 2. What stigmas do elderly people face? [Enter your response here.] 3. How does popular culture stereotype the elderly? Are the stereotypes correct? [Enter your response here.] 4. What does it mean to age in the cultural landscape of the United States? Give one example of a culture that has a different view. [Enter your response here.]

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