Discussion 1

Supportive Living Retirement Arrangement [WLO: 4] [CLOs: 2, 4, 8]

Based on the assigned readings and additional research, select one supportive living retirement arrangement and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses as to how effective the arrangement facilitates optimal functioning (cognitive, physical, psychological) and independence for older adults. Identify any modifications or changes you believe may address weaknesses of the arrangement or enhance its overall effectiveness. Respond by Day 3. Post should be at least 300 words.


Week 5 – Journal

Reflection Journal

[WLO: 3] [CLOs: 2, 4, 7, 8]

Reflect on how personal values affect aging, death and dying, sexual intimacy, productivity, and lifestyle choices.

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the how personal values affect perceptions of aging, death and dying, and sexual intimacy and lifestyle practices in the older adult years. For this assignment, you will write a reflection journal in which you apply the concepts you learned this week in the readings and share your own reflections as to how your personal values influence your perceptions and beliefs about at least two of these domains. Although this is a personal reflection, you must incorporate at least two citations of scholarly sources to support your entry.



Required Resources


Bengtson, V. L., Gans, D., Putney, N. M., & Silverstein, M. (Eds.). (2016).  Handbook of theories of aging  (3rd ed.). Springer.

· Chapter 27: Successful Aging

· Chapter 28: Coping, Optimal Aging, and Resilience in Sociocultural Context

· Chapter 29: Religion, Spirituality, and Aging


Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., & Muraco, A. (2010). Aging and sexual orientation: A 25-year review of the literature.  Research on Aging, 32(3), 372-413.

Jopp, D., & Smith, J. (2006). Resources and life-management strategies as determinants of successful aging: on the protective effect of selection, optimization, and compensation. Psychology and Aging, 21(2), 253- 265.

North, M. S., & Fiske, S. T. (2013). Act your (old) age prescriptive, ageist biases over succession, consumption, and identity.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(6), 720-734.

Zhang, Y. B., Harwood, J., Williams, A., Ylänne-McEwen, V., Wadleigh, P. M., & Thimm, C. (2006). The portrayal of older adults in advertising: A cross-national review.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 25(3), 264-282.


TED. (2012, April 19).  Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier  (Links to an external site.)  [Video]. YouTube.

· In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.


Recommended Resources


Cisneros, H., Dyer-Chamberlain, M., & Hickie, J. (Eds.). (2012).  Independent for life: Homes and neighborhoods for an aging America. University of Texas Press.

Irving, P. (2014).  The upside of aging: How long life Is changing the world of health, work, innovation, policy and purpose. John Wiley & Sons.


Bullock, K., Crawford, S. L., & Tennstedt, S. L. (2003). Employment and caregiving: Exploration of African American caregivers.  Social Work, 48(2), 150-162.


USC Leonard Davis School of Geronotoly. (2008, September 11).  USC Davis gerontology – Bob Knight (Links to an external site.)  [Video]. YouTube.

· Dr. Bob Knight, professor of gerontology, discusses the subject of sex and aging, focusing on such topics as dementia, Viagra, and misperceptions.

ChangingAging. (2014, April 28).  The roots and consequences of ageism in America  (Links to an external site.)  [Video]. YouTube.

· What is the root of ageism in our society? Dr. Bill Thomas argues that our society venerates and idealizes youth while ignoring elders with real lived experience and making them virtually invisible.

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