SOC 300 Week 4 Assignment 2 Least Developed Countries

SOC 300 Week 4 Assignment 2 Least Developed Countries

SOC 300 Week 4 Assignment 2 Least Developed Countries

DQ1: After reading Chapter 3 in your textbook, address the following:
a. Discuss the differences between activity theory and disengagement theory. 
b. Compare and contrast one of the other theories mentioned in the chapter (i.e., modernization, exchange theory, subcultural theory of aging, etc.) to activity theory and disengagement theory. 
c. Discuss how the theory that you selected differs from the activity and disengagement theories of aging. 
d. Contact a person who would fall into one of the categories of old age (i.e., young old, middle old, or oldest old) and interview them about how their lives have changed since they reached the milestone of being an older adult. In your post, include a brief synopsis of what you learned with regard to that person’s activities, illnesses, social support networks, and employment situation. Based upon your informed opinion, which theory (or theories) provides the best theoretical framework for understanding the process of aging for the person that you interviewed? Be sure to support your answer. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length


Week 2 assignment
The Aging Connection

The number of older Americans has increased dramatically because older adults are living longer partly due to the improvements in health care technology. However, the question of quality of life has been raised as people live longer and experience more health problems in the midst of rising health care costs and, as the textbook authors note, “individuals’ past health histories also directly affect their use of health care and will continue to do so” (Markson & Stein, 2012).

Those health histories include gender, as well as race and ethnicity, which are all factors in the development of chronic illnesses. Moreover, race and ethnicity have an impact upon an individual’s access to health care and the type of treatment they receive. This type of inequality plays a role in not only longevity but also the quality of life. For example, your textbook indicates that “Blacks live fewer years on average than Whites and live more years with chronic health problems” (Markson & Stein, 2012). This assignment is intended to demonstrate the interconnection between health practices, health care, and health outcomes for older adults. 

Write a paper discussing the relationship of health histories (including health practices), health care, and health outcomes for older Americans. Please elaborate upon the role of gender and ethnicity in your discussion of health outcomes, as well. What are the differences in health outcomes related to gender and ethnicity? What are the causes of these disparities in the health of older individuals? Be sure to discuss cumulative disadvantages in relation to health and illness.

The paper must be two to three pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style. In addition to the textbook, you must use at least two scholarly sources (at least one of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) to support your points. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be