Psy 530 psychology of aging unit 1, 2 ,3 and 4 written assignment 2016

Written Assignment for Unit One 

Be sure to refer to the course syllabus for instructions on format, length, 

and other information on how to complete this assignment. 

Please answer ONE of the following: 

1)Use your knowledge of Life Expectancy at Birth (LEAB) and Life Expectancy at a Spe- 

cific Age (LEASA) to explain the phenomenon known as the “Graying of America”. 

What other factors affect this demographic phenomenon? 

2)Describe the advantages and disadvantages of cross-sectional, longitudinal, and se- 

quential designs used to study issues in aging. 

3)Describe the difference between programmed and unprogrammed theories of senes- 

cence. Describe in detail one theory of each category. 

 

Written Assignment for Unit Two 

Be sure to refer to this course syllabus for instructions on format, 

length, and other information on how to complete this assignment. 

Please answer ONE of the following: 

1)Describe the typical changes that can occur in three different senses with advanced 

age. 

2)Describe an aspect of memory that appears not to change with age, one that appears 

to decline, and one that appears to improve. 

3)Describe the work on creativity and aging and explain why we still are not sure wheth- 

er or not creativity changes with age. 

 

Written Assignment for Unit Three 

Be sure to refer to this course syllabus for instructions on format, 

length, and other information on how to complete this assignment. 

Please answer ONE of the following: 

l.Describe the five factor trait theory. As researchers have examined age differences in 

these factors what has been found? Does the type of research design playa role? 

2.Describe Kahn and Antonucci’s convoy model of social support networks. Discuss the 

social support networks of adults. Identify changes that occur in old age. 

3.Retirement income for older Americans has been described as a “three legged stool” 

of support. Describe what is meant by this. What factors are related to whether or not 

a person has support from these sources? How are sources of income likely to change 

in the next 25 years? 

 

Written Assignment for Unit Four 

Be sure to refer to this course syllabus for instructions on format, 

length, and other information on how to complete this assignment. 

Please answer ONE of the following: 

1)What are some of the genetic and environmental factors that seem to be a part of the 

cause(s) of Alzheimer’s? 

2)Describe two positive and two negative effects of institutions on older residents. Iden- 

tify two aspects of an “ideal” institution. 

3)Describe the different types of advance directives and their current use. Are they 

always followed? Why or why not?