Aging and Leisure

| August 19, 2015

Using information from chapter 13, Please write a paper as to your pereception of growing older and continuing to maintain an adequate leisure lifestyle… All chapter 13 pages are attached… Thanks a Lot

perspectives on Aging and Sal Arrigo, Jr.

As we begin to let go of the responsibilities and demands of our middle age, opportunities arise to begin to tend to those qualities we possessed as children—curiosity; playfulness, and joy. In childhood these were just part of who we were; they can be part of who we are again. Later adulthood is when we can re-create ourselves to bloom from within. Planning for our aging is so much more than money—we need to plan to bloom

into what we always could have been.

—Barbara Gillogly, Chair, American River College Gerontology Dept.
Leisure
A Look at Aging in America

Gerontology is defined as the study of the field and process of aging.

Just take a look around and ask yourself how many gray-haired people you see. Do you think you can begin to count the number of individuals who fit in this age category? More specifically, let’s take a look at aging in America. In the 65+ in the United States: 2005 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 36 million people that fall into this demographic age segment. This represents 12 percent of our entire population!1

If you want to delve even further into aging in America, consider some of these numbers. According to the New England Centenarian Study in July 2007, centenarians, (those individuals 100 years of age or more), are the fastest growing group of our population. The second fastest is the age group 85 and over. There are about 40,000 centenarians in the United States, with women representing around 85% and men 15%.2 As you digest these numbers, consider the fact that the Baby Boom generation (people born between 1946 and 1964) begin to turn age 65 in 2011. When we reach the

year 2030, the older population is expected to double from 35 million (in 2000) to 72 million as projected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Senior citizens do represent a major segment of our world. You can take the aging situation global and discover, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging, that the world population 60 and over is estimated to be 605 million. This number is expected to grow to almost 2 billion by 2050.3

As we consider what senior citizens do on a daily basis, one cannot overlook the fact that due in part to improved health care technology and medicines, these seniors are active. This age group will touch every part of our lives for many years; they will have a major impact on business, economy, lifestyle, and more. We need to develop our attitudes and embrace our senior citizens—they deserve it.

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