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Definition of Aging

(noun) The physical, psychological, and social act or process of growing older.

Example of Aging

  • A child become grows from a toddler, to an adolescent, to a teenager, and then into an adult.

Types of Aging

Aging Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /eɪdʒɪŋ/
    • British English
      • /eɪdʒɪŋ/
  • Syllabification: (ag·ing)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: agings
  • Older people can experience ageism.
  • The act or process of aging is called senescence.
  • Variant spelling: ageing

Related Quotations

  • “Depending on class, old age comes at different times and has different impacts. It should remain a time of creative and meaningful projects, and have positive instead of the negative cultural meanings it is usually shrouded within. The value of life should be nowhere clearer, but instead society may be guilty of treating the elderly with disdain, dehumanising them” (Macionis and Plummer 2012:420).
  • “While youth and vitality are highly valued commodities in a postindustrial society, life expectancies and prospects for good health are extended. Consequently, people can be expected to work longer if they choose. Moreover, with less emphasis on work and more on service and play, postindustrial societies may offer the elderly a vast array of meaningful social roles outside the world of work” (Thompson and Hickey 2012:339).

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References

Macionis, John, and Kenneth Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. 4th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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How to Cite  the Definition of Aging

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “aging.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/aging/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

aging. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/aging/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “aging.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/aging/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“aging.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/aging/>.