You will be reading Chapter 7 of the textbook and
an article titled “Demography of Aging in China and the United States and the
Economic Well-Being of Their Older Populations” (found in the ProQuest
database, in the Ashford University Library) to prepare for this
discussion. In addition, you will watch “Family Care for
“Demography of Aging in China and the United States and the Economic Well-Being
of Their Older Populations,” you are introduced to the roles of the family and
government in the East as well as in the West.
the differences and similarities you learned about in terms of the views on
social responsibility when caring for a rapidly increasing older population.
What are the reasons for these differences between the treatment of the aged in
the West as compared to those in the East? Are those reasons more cultural or
practical? Explain your answer.
looking at the role of family as a support system for the aging in later life,
is there a social responsibility in the United States for family members to
absorb some of the needs of their aging family members? Why or why not?