Sociological Aging Social aging is referring to the changes in individual’s roles and relationship in the society as they age. There are many different theories concerning sociological aging. Social theories on aging examine the relationship between individual experiences and social institutions e.g., aging and retirement; aging and institutional care; aging and government policy etc (Barkan 2012). All have limitations, and some can be considered more than others when attempting to understand social changes in aging. Also individuals move through life surrounded by social support system. Some theories of aging such as, role theory, activity theory, modernization, etc. consist of different ways older adults transition through life such as, networks of relatives, friends, and organization that help provide emotional support and help in managing activities in daily living.
Activity theory of aging suggest that when elderly people interact with the community and include activities in their daily routine they are their happiest (Baird, 2011, p. 187). Ariel stated that “everyone need some form of release” (Lemmon, 1995).
Aging is very complex and highly individualized process which begins at conception and end with death. Variables such as physical or cognitive impairments, socioeconomic aspect, cultural values, and beliefs make an aging process unique to each individual. I interviewed an elderly woman using a set of guided questionnaires on the topic to further explore her aging experience. For the purpose of this assignment, I will refer to the client interviewed as a D.L., a changed name for a reason of privacy and confidentiality. During the interview, we explored a D.L. strategy to stay healthy, significant accomplishments of her life, hobbies and activities, retirement, and finally the goals for the future.
Mary was a horrible role model for her two children.She had two sons whose names were Tony and Wes Moore.She partied instead of parenting her children, along with “hiding ” Marijuana in her family's home.On page twenty Mary blatantly lied to her own child’s face.She looked At Wes and said, “Mommy got some bad news about school, and I want to go see some friends
She possessed a vibrant and vivacious personality and spoke her mind freely from childhood; friendly, sharp-witted and outgoing, she made friends easily, however she never hesitated to express to loved ones exactly what or how she thought they should handle a situation. This of course as everyone knew was regardless of her opinion being was solicited or not. This no doubt was the result of growing up as the baby of the family. Mary grew quite accustomed to getting her own way with her older siblings, Marvin and Corinne and growing up, surrounded by a bounty of loving family members; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Health is a complex term The idea of occupational balance can also be seen in older adulthood when, as a result of age, people lose their roles in life through being unable to perform the activities that make up that role. With the passing of time no longer taken up by meaningful activities these individuals become bored and ultimately depressed, quickly losing their sense of well-being. In the World Health Organisation’s Charter for Health Promotion, it suggests that in order to achieve the state of complete health it describes in its definition, it is necessary for individuals to be able to satisfy their basic needs, realise and achieve their goals, and cope within the changing world around them (Townsend and Polatajko, 2007).
Aging is a universal phenomenon and humans are no exception. Gerontology deals with the psychological, social and biological aspects of aging process. A recent study shows that people aged 85 years and older are expected to augment from 5.3 million people to 21 million as the world reach 2050. In
With increasing quality of healthcare, many countries around the world are now experiencing an ageing population. This involves a change in the demographic composition of the elderly and the young in a population. This means that there is a decrease in fertility rates with an increase in the number
I believe many factors throughout a person’s life contributes to them aging better than others, but I also believe that life limitations can also get in the way of someone being engaged in the social system. Old age may contribute to disengaging in certain activities, but not all, and my idea is that their should be as many resoureces as possible to keep those “disengaged” individuals as active as they could possibly be. My fieldwork at Longview, and my internship here at CMC has shown me many activities to get older adults involved with other people and staying active. Whether it be through volunteering in the community, participating in the poetry sessions held at the local nursing home, or finding a part-time job to stay social; these are all great ways in staying involved and engaged with society, and in your local
There are many theories of aging; the purpose of my paper is to illustrate the application of theories of aging. I will discuss the psychosocial theory of aging. The psychosocial theory explains aging in terms of mental processes emotions, intelligence, memory, learning and personality (Dittrich, 2014). The theories
What? During clinical this week, the concept of quality of life vs. quantity of life was something I began to ponder. It all occurred during a breast biopsy for my one patient T.M. As we waited outside the ultrasound room, she began to share some information regarding her condition and health history. She mentioned that she’d lived the majority of her life with lumps in her breast. After her Dr. told her all the lumps were benign 20 years ago, she neglected to ever get her breasts checked and examined after that knowledge. Little did she know that 20 years later, she had developed stage 4-breast cancer in her right breast. As we sat outside the room, she stated she was unsure if she even wanted treatment and whether or not it was worth it,
RUNNING HEAD: ACTIVITY THEORY Activity Theory of Aging Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus Jennifer L. Bifulco Throughout this semester we have come across many psychological and social theories. From Vaillant’s aging well, to Erikson’s life stages, to Leont’ev’s activity theory, there is a lot to learn and to understand. For the purpose of this paper, I am going to focus on the Activity Theory of aging. After some thorough research on this topic I was able to come up with some great information about
In 2013, about two months before me and my mom came to the US; she felt something wrong with her breast. Anytime when she was taking a shower, she always touched her body. Because of her age, she needed to check it if there was something wrong. One day, she felt something was inside it, but she did not care about it much. Until the day, it started hurting her, and she felt soreness a bit. She started telling me dad about it, and he drove my mom to the doctor to check if it was a breast cancer or not. After the doctor checked up my mom's breast by using mammogram, the doctor said my mom had a stage 1 breast
Activity theory is that people that are more active are happier than those who are not. As people move from middle age and their children move out and they retire they either have the choose to replace those jobs that they previous held like parent and work to grandmother and maybe gardening. Those elderly people who don’t replace their activity with new one feels lost and confused. I have seen this first hand. both my grandmothers where stay at home mothers. When they grew older my one grandmother came over and watched us when my mom worked but my other grandmother just stayed in her home feeling said because she was bored and didn’t want to do anything. The grandmother that did nothing has a lot more health problems vs my grandmother that babysat us and is now watching her great grandchildren sometimes and is in garden club. When the elderly is in their grandchildren’s lives it decreases depression and helps not only the grandchildren but also the elderly. The grandchildren can help update the elderly in new technology and help them adjust to the world. They also get to spend with their family. the grandchildren also get a stability and learn from their grandparents (Tsai, Chang & Ho, 2016). Something that I didn’t know is that older
There are many aspects of aging that are continuously being looked at and studied. Through a process of studies on the aging, those who study gerontology can make conclusions about the elderly and their behaviors. These conclusions, or theories, can be applied to many different disciplines of gerontology. One particular discipline of interest is the role of activities in institutional living facilities. Two theories that are applicable to the role or impact of activities are activity theory and disengagement theory.