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        Sokolovsky's Comparative Gerontology Quiz
    1. NAME THE TWO COUNTRIES WHICH ARE CURRENTLY AGING THE FASTEST:__________;_________

    2. ACCORDING TO THE 2000 CENSUS, THE U.S. HAD AT LEAST 35,000 PEOPLE 100 YEARS OR OLDER....AND ABOUT 85% ARE WOMEN.

    3. IN MOST THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES A MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO REACH AGE 75 ARE MEN.

    4. THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO VERIFIED POPULATIONS IN THE WORLD WITH HYPERLONGEVITY WHERE at least 5% OF THE POPULATION ARE OVER 100.

    5. WHAT IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD (PERHAPS IN HISTORY) WHERE THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE OVER 60 THAN UNDER 20?

    6. OVER THE LAST 5,000 YEARS THE POTENTIAL LIFESPAN  OF HUMANS HAS INCREASED BY AT LEAST 40 YEARS.

    7. BECAUSE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN RESPECT FOR THE AGED, SUICIDE FOR FEMALES OVER AGE 65 GOES UP IN THE U.S., BUT IN JAPAN IT GOES DOWN. 

    8. THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD'S AGED POPULATION, OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE, LIVE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, JAPAN AND THE SOVIET UNION.

    9. IN ABOUT 10% OF THE SMALL-SCALE TRIBAL SOCIETIES STUDIED BY ANTHROPOLOGISTS, CULTURAL MECHANISMS OF SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION PREVENT THE AGED FROM EVER DEVELOPING ANY FORM OF DEMENTIA.

    10. THE KILLING OF OLD PEOPLE BY OTHERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY IS ALMOST ALWAYS PERCEIVED AS A GENERAL INDICATION OF LOW REGARD FOR THE AGED IN THAT SOCIETY.

    11. IN THE U.S., 16% OF THE POPULATION WAS OVER 65 BY THE YEAR 1998.

    12. OF THIS OLDER POPULATION, ABOUT 10% CURRENTLY LIVE IN LONG TERM INSTITUTIONS (E.G. IN NURSING HOMES) AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

    13. TWO REASONS JAPAN STILL HAS SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THEIR ELDERLY ARE BECAUSE LIFE EXPECTANCY IS STILL COMPARATIVELY LOW AND THE PERCENT OF THE ELDERLY IN THE POPULATION IS INCREASING MUCH SLOWER THAN IN OTHER INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES.

    14. THE MOST "AGED" NATION (HIGHEST % OVER AGE 65)  IS_______________?

    15. THE SOCIETY WITH THE HIGHEST LONGEVITY IS __________?

    16. UNIVERSALLY, IN NON-WESTERN TRIBAL SOCIETIES, THE AGED ARE TREATED WITH MORE RESPECT THAN IN THE U.S.

    17. HUMANS ARE THE PRIMATE SPECIES WITH THE LONGEST SPAN OF ADULTHOOD.

    18. IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, BETWEEN NOW AND THE YEAR 2020 THE POPULATIONS OVER AGE 60 WILL GROW TWICE AS FAST AS THE PART OF THE POPULATION BETWEEN 5 AND 15.

    19. THE AVERAGE MARRIED COUPLE, IN THE U.S,. NOW HAS MORE PARENTS ALIVE THAN CHILDREN IN THEIR FAMILY.

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