Discussion: Sociocultural Differences in Perspectives on Aging

Some cultures view death not as an endpoint but as a beginning, or not as a distinct separation but merely a thin veil or doorway through which a person passes. Other cultures esteem the older generations and honor them for their wisdom, whereas others regard elders as incapable of contributing to society. How might these distinct views on death and older people influence perspectives on the aging process? What other cultural differences might impact perceptions of aging?

This week, you explore different cultures’ views of aging and consider how these differences might influence social work. You also think cross-culturally about how you could integrate another culture’s perspective in your practice.

To Prepare:

Review the Learning Resources on sociological aspects of later adulthood.
Using the Walden Library, research two cultures different from your own and examine their perspectives on aging.
An example search in the library databases is social conditions or sociocultural AND aging.
By 01/19/2022

Post a comparison of your culture’s( I’m from Dominican republic/Hispanic ) perspective on aging to the perspectives of the two cultures you researched. Explain why you think these differences exist. Also, explain how different perspectives on aging might impact social work practice.

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Required Readings

Zastrow, C. H., Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hessenauer, S. L. (2019). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (11th ed.). Cengage Learning.

· Chapter 16, “Sociological Aspects of Later Adulthood” (pp. 703–728)

Quach, L. T., Primack, J., Bozzay, M., Madrigal, C., Erqou, S., & Rudolph, J. L. (2021). The intersection of physical and social frailty in older adults. Rhode Island Medical Journal, 104(4), 16–19.

Teater, B., Chonody, J. M., & Davis, N. (2021). Risk and protective factors of loneliness among older adults: The significance of social isolation and quality and type of contact. Social Work in Public Health, 36(2), 128–141. https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2020.1866140

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Aging: Resources near you. https://www.hhs.gov/aging/state-resources/index.html

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Student thoroughly addresses all parts of the response prompt. Student responds to at least two colleagues in a meaningful, respectful manner that promotes further inquiry and extends the conversation. Response presents original ideas not already discussed, asks stimulating questions, and further supports with evidence from assigned readings. Post is substantive in both length (75–100 words) and depth of ideas presented.

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5.4 (18%) – 6 (20%)

Initial and response posts are clear and coherent. Few if any (less than 2) writing errors are made. Student writes with exemplary grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation to convey their message.

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