How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?
Chapter : Social Class
Ageing and the Lifecour
[Page 37]Ageing is the process of growing older. While it is a universal biological process, among humans ageing also has important social and cultural dimensions. The term ‘ageing’ incorporates different concepts such as ‘chronological ageing’ (how old a person is measured in terms of time since birth), ‘biological ageing’ (the changes in a person's physical state that accompany chronological ageing), ‘functional age’ (defined on the basis of functional measures of daily living), and ‘social ageing’ (social expectations about how people should behave or ...