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Aging and Diversity: An Active Learning Experience, 2nd by Chandra Mehrotra, Lisa Wagner

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In fact, the Census Bureau projects the male to female ratio for those 65 or older to rise to 79 by the year 2050. Furthermore, a male to female ratio of 62 is anticipated for those age 85 and over. Despite these continuing improvements, the fact remains that a very large proportion of older women today will outlive their spouses and face the challenges of later life alone. It is, however, important to note that in comparison with White and Black women the percentage of Asian and Hispanic women living alone is significantly lower.

S. Census Bureau (1990, 2000). 2 Selected Socioeconomic Characteristics by Race at Age 65 and Older Socioeconomic Characteristics 1. 2. 1 Source: Adapted from He, Sengupta, Velkoff and DeBarros (2005). likely than men to be poor (Proctor and Dalaker, 2002). 3% of older men (He, Sengupta, Velkoff, and DeBarros, 2005). However, data on poverty tell only a part of the story of economic vulnerability, given the large number of older persons who are only slightly above the poverty level. Combining the poor and the near-poor, 35% of non-Hispanic Whites, 56% of older Blacks, and 56% of Hispanics are economically vulnerable.

Sexual orientation adds another layer of complexity to aging, as much of our society is not designed to accommodate anything other than heterosexual orientation. Lifelong gay or lesbian partners face unique problems as they make decisions regarding retirement, nursing home care, and social security. Although limited research has been conducted on sexual orientation’s impact on aging, we will present research that has been done and point out areas where more research is needed. When we talk about aging and diversity, we have chosen areas of diversity that are particularly relevant to aging.

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