Performance Assessment: Health, Aging, and the Elderly

Demonstrate an understanding of the social construction of health, and describe the processes and challenges associated with growing old.

Write a 500- to 600-words (minimum) paper thoroughly discussing each of the following:

  • Describe the social construction of health, the cultural significance of health and illness, “medicalization,” and the “sick role” in society.
  • Discuss the theoretical perspectives on health and medicine
  • Compare and contrast health care in the United States and abroad and describe major health disparities and issues within the United States in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and class
  • Evaluate the aging of society and discuss the theoretical perspectives on aging
  • Examine the process of aging and the biological, social, and psychological changes, death and dying, as well as perceptions associated with growing old in the U.S. and globally
  • Describe and give examples of challenges facing the elderly, including poverty, ageism, and abuse.

Basic Requirements (assignment criteria):

  • Assignment has been proofread and does not contain any major spelling or grammatical errors.
  • A minimum of 500- to 600-words in length, double spaced, 1 inch margins.
  • Resources are cited in APA format in a reference list and using parenthetical citations (if you need help with this, review course resources).
  • Relevant terms and concepts are used and defined.
Health and Aging—Performance Assessments
Criteria Ratings Pts
Describe the social construction of health, the cultural significance of health and illness, “medicalization,” and the “sick role” in society.
These terms were defined accurately and the response was well-explained

10.0 pts

These terms were defined accurately but could use greater elaboration

9.0 pts

These terms were defined accurately but key elements were lacking

8.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

10.0 pts
Discuss the theoretical perspectives on health and medicine
Discussions of theoretical perspectives were accurate and well-explained

20.0 pts

Discussions of theoretical perspectives were accurate but could use greater elaboration

18.0 pts

Discussions of theoretical perspectives were lacking key elements

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Compare and contrast health care in the United States and abroad and describe major health disparities and issues within the United States in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and class
Terms are accurately defined and distinguished from one another

20.0 pts

Terms are accurately defined but could use greater elaboration

18.0 pts

Terms are defined but key elements are lacking

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Evaluate the aging of society and discuss the theoretical perspectives on aging
Discussions and evaluations are accurately defined and well-explained

20.0 pts

Discussions and evaluations are accurately defined but could use greater elaboration

18.0 pts

Discussions and evaluations are defined but key elements are lacking

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Evaluate the process of aging and the biological, social, and psychological changes, death and dying, as well as perceptions associated with growing old in the U.S. and globally
Evaluations of these concepts are accurately discussed and well-explained

20.0 pts

Evaluations of these concepts are accurately discussed but could use greater elaboration

18.0 pts

Evaluations of these concepts are discussed but key elements are lacking

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Describe and give examples of challenges facing the elderly, including poverty, ageism, and abuse.
Descriptions and examples are accurate and well-explained

10.0 pts

Descriptions and examples are accurate but could use greater elaboration

9.0 pts

Descriptions and examples are lacking key elements

8.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

10.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0