The study of aging is most often associated with elder care and the experiences of the elderly in social and group settings. This area also includes ageism and the portrayal of the aging individual in popular culture. Much of the discussion of the elderly includes health care as well as sexual behaviors in senior communities. Some possible research topic ideas could be: How are images of aging men portrayed in popular culture di:fferent from images of aging women? Another possible topic choice could be the examination of the relationship between baby-boomer children, their aging parents and their children.
I have (at least) two selves; the one that I am on the inside and the one that I show other people. When I was a little kid I, for the most part, said what I thought, felt what I felt, and did what I wanted to do. As I grew up and began to care about what others thought of me, I learned that there were parts of my self that I would be ridiculed, ostracized, or punished for expressing. If I wanted to fit in, be popular, impress people, or just be left alone, I had to craft a public persona that conformed to my friends and family’s expectations.