Web Exercises

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Web Exercise #1: Retirement, Social Security, and Costs

LO 18.2 Identify social contexts in which older adults live and their influence on development.

LO 18.4 Discuss influences on the timing of retirement and adaptation to retirement.

Directions: This assignment may be completed individually. Chapter 18 discusses different living contexts for older adulthood. Understanding the costs of these living arrangements as well as social security helps everyone prepare for this time of life. The following are a few websites to help people understand the different choices, costs, and income for older adults. View the websites or any other that have pertinent information and answer the following questions:





  1. Previously, you looked at what you would need to earn each month in retirement in order to survive. Please look at those numbers while researching these websites. Do you think you budgeted enough to cover long-term nursing home care?
  2. Would assisted living be more affordable long-term care?
  3. How much do you believe social security will pay each month?
  4. When would a person qualify for Medicaid in their given state?
  5. Explore what is actually covered under Medicare. Does this surprise you? How likely is it that medical expenses will bankrupt older people?


Web Exercise #2: Treatment of Older Generations by Culture

LO 18.3 Summarize features of older adults’ relationships with friends, spouses, children, and grandchildren, and identify how these relationships affect older adults’ functioning.

Directions: This assignment may be completed individually or in small groups. Please research your own cultures treatment of older adults. Compare and contrast that with another culture’s treatment of the elderly. Use the following websites as well as other valid and reliable websites that you may find to answer the following questions:





  1. After reading your textbook and web sources, what do you think about your own culture’s view of the elderly?
  2. Is there another culture’s view of the elderly that should be incorporated into your own?
  3. Are the elderly better forgotten? Revered? Consulted for wisdom?
  4. How would you use contexts to change how you and others view the elderly?