Aging and the Elderly

gerontology
the study of aging and the elderly

age stratification
the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and privilege among people at different stages of the life course

gerontocracy
a form of social organization in which the elderly have the most wealth, power, and prestige

caregiving
informal and unpaid care provided to a dependent person by family members other relatives, or friends

ageism
prejudice and discrimitation against older people

disengagement theory
the idea that society functions in an oderly way by removing people from positions of responsibility as they reach old age

activity theory
the idea that a high level of activity increases personal satisfaction in old age

euthanasia
assisting in the death of a person suffering from an incurable disease; also known as mercy killing