Psych Week 10 Dq 1

INTERNATIONAL APPROACHES TO AGING

Aging includes the cognitive, physical, 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 individual’s responses to and beliefs about death (Berk, 2023). Today, web-based virtual cemeteries are a new way for people to connect and grieve with each other, even when separated by distance. Nonetheless, varying cultures approach aging in many different ways.

For this Discussion, you will examine how different countries approach aging.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Consider how different countries approach aging. As you consider different countries, think about the following:
    • 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?
  • Next, select two different countries and compare and contrast their approaches to aging.

Post and identify each of the countries you selected. Then, explain two similarities and two differences in how the countries approach aging. Be specific and provide examples. Use your Learning Resources to support your post. Use proper APA format and citations.

Resources

Answer:

I have selected two countries, Japan and the United States, to compare and contrast their approaches to aging.

Japan: In Japan, older adults are often seen as wise and respected individuals. The tradition of filial piety, or the idea of taking care of one’s aging parents, is an important aspect of Japanese culture. As a result, many older adults live with their children, or in intergenerational housing. This allows them to maintain close relationships with their family and receive support and care when needed.

The United States: In the United States, older adults are sometimes seen as a burden to their family and to society. As a result, many older adults live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. This provides them with the medical care and support they need, but also separates them from their families and communities. The concept of “aging in place” has become popular in recent years, where older adults are encouraged to live in their own homes and communities for as long as possible, with support from family, friends, and community organizations.

Two similarities:

  1. Both Japan and the United States have a growing aging population and are facing challenges in providing adequate care and support for their elderly citizens.
  2. Both countries are influenced by cultural and societal attitudes towards aging, with older adults often being seen as either wise and respected, or as a burden.

Two differences:

  1. In Japan, older adults are more likely to live with their children, while in the United States they are more likely to live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
  2. In Japan, filial piety is a deeply ingrained cultural value, while in the United States, the idea of aging in place has become more popular in recent years.

Sources: Berk, L. E. (2023). Development through the lifespan (7th ed.). Sage. North, M. S., & Fiske, S. T. (2015). Modern attitudes toward older adults in the aging world: A cross-cultural meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 141(5), 993–1021. National Institute of Health. (n.d.). National Institute on Aging. Retrieved August 26, 2016, from http://www.nia.nih.gov

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