In keeping with the cultural and gender themes carried throughout the text, focus on the interactive effects of age, race, and sex on longevity. Look at the text and the latest longevity data which could be through the Vital Statistic which publishes new data every year on the life expectancy of Americans as well as members of other cultures. Collect data from a few time periods (e.g., 1950, 1975, and 2000), and break the life expectancy tables down by sex, race, and age. Select 2 of the 4 that are addressed below and respond with factual and personal connections and cite your sources in APA format citation.
The gap in genders: Females are still living longer, but is the gap between males and females widening or shrinking? Why might the trend be changing or why might it be staying the same? Does the increase in women in the workforce appear to be affecting the gap? Explain with factual and personal connections.
The increase in life expectancy: Are 20-year-olds in 2017 expected to live longer than 20-year-olds in 1950? Have the gains in life expectancy tapered off? Explain with factual and personal connections.
The effect of race: African American women who survived until the age of 60 had a higher life expectancy than white women who survived until the age of 60. This result was true even though life expectancies at birth for African Americans are lower than for whites. Explain with factual and personal connections.
The interactive effects of age, sex, and race: Do the trends for different ages, sexes, and races have to be qualified? Is your life expectancy dependent on more than just how old you currently are? Explain with factual and personal connections.