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Neat Facts About Social Gerontology

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In this chapter we learned a lot of neat facts about social gerontology such as: 2/3 of how long a person lives is based on their lifestyle, the oldest old is the fastest growing population in the United States, and life expectancy has gone up 50% for both males and females in the United States. The most interesting thing I learned in this module is the myth: to be old is to be sick. I learned that there are many different factors that help reinforce this thought process. Media is a big factor in this manner of thinking. Media outlets tend to focus on the fragility of ageing, and help push the irreversibly ill stereotype. Which is when someone gets sick that they will never recover and live a productive life again. I also learned about a concept
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