In 2000, 35 million of the United States population was over 65 years of age, and by 2030 the figure is expected to reach 71.5 million older Americans. “Demographically, the coming generation of elderly Americans- the baby boomers- were themselves the pioneers in the great changes that have transformed family life over the past several decades, and their ageing is one of the most anticipated demographic events of this century” (Population Reference Bureau, 2010). With the continued advancement in medicine Americans are living longer. And, it appears that “while the number of Americans without medical insurance is high, the number without any insurance against the cost of long term care is far greater (Population Reference Bureau, 2010).” Ageism is a social attitude. Ageism is also part of attitudes where people believe that older adults can be treated in demeaning ways.
3) Here are the differences this paper will cover; it will cover finances, feminine vs. masculine traits, and economics. Being a single mother is different from being a single father because masculinity often outweighs femininity and economics today. In the society today there is still sexism that occurs in the workplace, and often men will still obtain a higher job then women, therefore having much higher pay than women. According to Baer (2011) “The median average income for all single-mother families was just $25,172 — down by more than $2,000 since 2000. The median average income for married couples with children was three times greater and, for the relatively few single-father families, nearly one and a half times greater.
The United States have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among 46 developed countries ("U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race", 2006). Teenage pregnancy and child bearing are societal concerns because of economic and social costs. Childbearing, on average, costs taxpayers in the United States $4,080 per teenager. Moreover, it also affects education, only a third of teen mother earn their high school diploma and only 1.5% have a college degree by
Furthermore, the non-Hispanic Whites population will slightly decline even with the burgeoning elderly population because of healthier lifestyles and improved health care services available. Hispanics are expected to increase by 188% and account for nearly one-quarter of the nation's population although, The United States Census Bureau believes many Hispanics born in America claim Whites on census surveys. Asians, however, are expected to triple to over 33 million by 2050. Historically, America has been a "Black and Whites" country with Blacks accounting for nearly 13% of the current population. By 2050, the Black population will increase roughly 15%, making them the second largest minority group in America.
Life expectancy in 1900 was only around 47 for men and 50 for women whereas it now in 2013 83 for men and 87 for women. There are many reasons for the decline in the birth rate, the reduction of the infant mortality rate, meaning less children are dying in their first year of life, due to advancements in medical care meaning that families don’t need to reproduce a larger quantity of children on fear of death. Contraception was formally introduced in 1961 to the UK for married couples only, this meant that married couples could control the amount of children they could, which has become increasingly popular over the last 50 years because it has enabled couples and others to have sexual relations without resulting in a child. During the industrialization and up until around the 1900s, children were seen as a source of income to working class families as they could be sent out to work, so families had large amounts of children to bring in money. But due to the introduction of a law restricting the age of employment and compulsory education meant that children were now seen as a drain on money so families began to become smaller because of the expense of having a child.
These changes have allowed women able to choose whether to have children at all or delay childbearing. Sociologists argue that infant mortality rate has led to fall of birth rates because parents have more kids to replace the ones they’ve lost. By dissimilarity infant survival means that parents will have fewer children. During the 20th century, in the UK infant mortality rate began to fall. This was caused by many various reasons which include; improved housing and better sanitation, better nutrition better clinical services for both children and
With 48.3% of the population being Hispanic and Latinos, 35.1 % of the population being born outside of the United States, and 56.8% of the population over 5 year old speaking a language other than English at home, this plays an important factor in education in terms of academic education and also in the education of preventative healthcare practices. According to the County Health Ranking of 2015, only 79% of the population graduated from high school as compared to 83% for the California rate, and only 58.9% have some college education. This will impact the chances of acquiring employment in positions that offer salaries that provide a standard of living that is above the poverty level and also provide health insurance. Currently, 27% of children in Los Angeles County live in
It is estimated that 125,000 children are adopted domestically each year, but only 20,000 children are adopted internationally in the same amount of time. We understand the need to help the American children that have been abandoned or left behind, but what about the other children around the world? The most common answer would be, let their own people take them in, but when a country is struggling to keep their own family alive in poverty who will adopt those children? How will they survive when there is no one to care for them? The answer is they wont survive, it is estimated that 15,000 orphans die every day due to malnutrition which is completely preventable.
Baby Boomer Retirement Attitudes Are Different Than Their Parents Shirley Elliott Sociology 1015 Professor Carol Kauppi, Ph.D. Baby Boomer Retirement Attitudes Are Different Than Their Parents Landon Jones coined the term "baby boomer" in his book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation. Jones definition of the baby boom generation was post-World War II babies born between 1943 through 1960, when annual births increased over 4,000,000 [ (Jones, 1980) ]. The change in retirement attitudes in the baby boom generation compared to their parents is primarily due to self-fulfillment needs, increased longevity of life, and affordability. The baby boomer’s parents typically experienced a departure from the labor force when they were in their early 60’s (Haas III & Serow, 2002). Baby boomers are not content to leave the workforce because they've hit some predetermined magic age (Landau, 2010).
 The adoption rate went from 31,000 kids being adopted in 1997, to 50,000 kids two years later in 2001. Although, it is unclear what the exact effect this Act had on this rate, a 57% increase within 2 years is no coincidence. But although there is a significant increase in adoption rates, there has also been a significant increase in foster kids. The rate has of kids needing to be adopted has raised from 21,000 kids in 1997, to 28,000 kids in 2001. So even though the Act has made the adoption rate better, the foster cares are gaining more and more kids each year.