Ultural Variations in Approaches to Aging

Cultural Variations in Approaches to Aging

Aging includes the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional changes that occur during late adulthood. Varying cultures take different approaches to aging. At the same time, individuals within these cultures and societies may have varied and distinctly personal views regarding aging. When addressing aging in late adulthood, one must also address death, dying, and bereavement. Religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, personality, and coping style can all impact an individualas responses to and beliefs about death (Berk, 2010). Today, web-based virtual cemeteries are a new way for people to connect and grieve with each other, even when separated by distance.

As you prepare for the Discussion, consider how different cultures approach aging. Do older adults live with their children or are they more likely to live in a nursing home? Are older adults seen as wise individuals to be respected and revered or are they a burden to their family and to society? Keep these questions in mind as you consider the different cultural approaches to aging.

To prepare for this Discussion, select two cultures to compare.

With these thoughts in mind:

a brief description of each of the cultures you selected. Then explain two similarities and two differences in how the cultures approach aging. Be specific. provide good references.