Late Adulthood (Relationships that Older Adults have with Younger…
Relationships that Older Adults have with Younger Generations
For 10-year-olds in 1900, only one in twenty-five had all four grandparents alive; in 2000 close to half did.
In 2010 in China, 50 percent of 18-year-olds had four living grandparents.
As couples have fewer children, the beanpole family is becoming more common. This kind of family has many generations, each typically living in its own household, with few members in each generation.
Since the average couple now has fewer children, the beanpole family, with multiple generations but with only a few members at each level, is becoming more common. Some children have no cousins, brothers, or sisters but a dozen elderly relatives.
Form of Relationships and Family Bonds
Friends and Relationships shrink After every decade the elders social circle becomes smaller and smaller throughout the years
Long time friends
As a late adult over the years the persons family actually gets bigger
Function of Relationships and Family Bonds
"Allows people to share triumphs and tragedies with others who understand and appreciate".
"Negative relationships ae destructive of mind and body".
"A good relationship with successful grown children enhances a parent’s well-being".
"Yet if the circle includes only relatives, and not several non-family friends, that correlates with worse health".
"Their spouse is the central convoy member, a buffer against the problems of old age".
"married older adults are healthier, wealthier, and happier than unmarried people their age".
"Family friends tend to be the most loyal".
"Each healthy and happy partner improves the other’s well-being".
Benefits and Challenges of Long-Term Relationships
Spouse is buffer against the problems of old age.
Married older adults are healthier, wealthier, and happier than unmarried people their age. (Have a partner throughout lifetime).
Each healthy and happy partner improves the other’s well-being.
A lifetime of shared experiences such as living together, raising children, and dealing with financial and emotional crises, brings partners closer.
Mutual interaction is crucial: Each healthy and happy partner improves the other’s well-being.
Older couples have learned how to disagree, considering conflicts to be discussions, not fights.
Long-term affection keeps disagreements from becoming fights.
Crucial factors could be coping with challenges of child rearing, home ownership, economic crises, and so on.
Past sharing, rather than each living independent lives, is beneficial in that older husbands and wives with mutual close friends are more likely to help each other if special needs arise
Importance of relationship building over the life span, cause less depression and anxiousness if they are in a close marital relationship.
BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS
CHALLENGES OF LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS