ERIC Number: ED186292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Aging in America: Fact, Fiction and Feeling.
Strubbe, Mary A.
Thirteen lessons on aging in America, appropriate for the secondary school level, are presented. Each lesson is designed to take approximately one day and includes the goal, objectives, background information, reproducible student handouts, materials and equipment needed, procedures, and evaluation forms. In the first lesson students examine their feelings and beliefs about aging. Subsequent lessons identify changing demographic and social characteristics of older people in the United States, examine the diversity of the older population, determine criteria for judging "oldness," and analyze growing older in the United States through examining popular song lyrics. Also, students discuss the effects of age-grading (the process of judging certain behaviors as appropriate or inappropriate for certain age-groups), the mass media as reinforcers of age stereotypes, and the needs and problems of older people, including their housing needs. Other topics include the role of work in society and its impact on the older population, the validity of pervasive age stereotypes, and methods for improving the quality of life for older Americans. A three-page test of concepts and issues and a list of teacher resources conclude the document. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Portland, OR, November 20-24, 1979). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to poor reproducibility of original document.