Building Block 7

Development Stages of Parenting and Family Life
Building Block 7: Working with Families in Later Life
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  • Current statistics tell us that ages for retirement and life expectancy have both risen, and will probably continue to rise. But not all senior citizens feel "senior" upon reaching the age of 60 or 65, especially when one in two has a parent still living. Today, most older persons are in good health and expect to be active for years and even decades to come. Baby boomers (Americans born between 1946 and 1964) are expected to re-define much of what we think about retirement and aging simply because they will experience those events in such large numbers. [Go directly to this item.]   
  • Just as increased longevity shapes how we view aging today, so does it shape how we describe a changing family composition. [Go directly to this item.]