It is a medically proven fact that after a certain age, usually in our middle years, physical and cognitive health will start declining. Our bodies simply begin shutting down when we reach a certain age, regardless of how well we have taken care of them. For some, old age is synonymous with dread and foreboding. For others, it is only a number representing another phase of life and it should be enjoyed thoroughly. This prescription for successfully aging is applicable to both the individual aging as well as those who interact with elderly individuals. Every person will have their own definition of what it means to successfully age. Theories of successful aging developed over the years attempt to explain what it means to successfully age.
First, the forms of aging and life course structures depend on the nature of the society in which individuals participate. Second, while social interaction is seen as having the greatest formative influence in the early part of life, such interaction retains crucial importance throughout the life course. Third, that social forces exert regular influences on individuals of all ages at any given point in time” (Theories of Aging. (n.d.)). The movie portrays aging being more about living the rest of life rather than dyeing in them.
Getting old and aging are things that have become difficult points for many and despite
Society is big on staying and looking young. People are constantly working out, watching what they eat, and getting surgeries such as botox and breast augmentation. Our society is too concerned on looking youthful. Morrie had aging in better perspective, "The young are not wise, they have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day when you don't know what's going on? When people are manipulating you, telling you to buy this perfume and you'll be beautiful, or this pair of jeans and you'll be sexy It's very simple. As you grow you learn more. If you'd stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, it's growth." Aging is more than the negative that you're going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die and that you live a better life because of it.
Morrie often expresses how he isn't afraid of aging. He sees aging as growth and something that is apart of life. Morrie isn't the type to dread or complain about things happening. He lives in the moment. he likes to experiment. There's a better approach to look at death and that's to be prepared. This can help get you more interested or involved in life while living. before Morrie's was sick he never really thought about death. No oen believes there going to die but its reality. Facing death helps you see things better, and differently. He says "learn how to die and you will learn how to live." This shows how he chose to see life and not everyone will agree. Some like to have joy thinking there going to live forever but as you get older there
Aging is divided into the young old, the old old, and the oldest-old (Moddy & Sasser, 2015, p. 6). In contrast, the life perspective view states that views about aging changes as we change and our lives change (Brothers, 2016).Within aging biological changes occur as the progression to oldest-old occurs. My internship was at an assisted living facility; therefore I have spent a considerable amount of time with the oldest-old. Yes, their bodies are no longer functioning at optimal level, but they are successfully aging. I say that because each one of them offers a unique gift to those who take a moment and listen. For example, one evening in memory care, a resident did not want to eat and was loudly expressing it to everyone within earshot. She was quite hostile towards the man sitting across the table from her. I said her name, so she stopped yelling and looked at me. I said, “Hey why are you yelling, I love when you sing.” She began to sing, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” She sang another song, and the gentleman she was yelling at joined in as a duet. For a half-hour she preformed for us. The table joined in the singing as did staff filtering in from around the building. As she closed her show and thanked everyone for coming, tears streamed from the caregivers faces. This dear lady, with the frail body drew on her life of music and shared her gift one last time. Bringing all that joy into the room is an example of successful aging.
One of the negative aspects of the human condition is aging. Most people do not look forward to aging like myself. I am not afraid of getting old, but before I do, I want to reach the goals that I have set for myself. Candide also seems
Something we talked about in class is that “old” is not a certain number. It is different for every person. There is no one age that means a person is aging. There are a lot of factors that go into determining if someone is aging. Physical health and mental health have a huge influence. There are so many myths about today’s old folks like they are neglected by their children. Life can be dynamic when one gets into older life, especially if kid’s lives change and become more complex. The book defines aging as, “a biological, psychological and social process, starting at birth and ending at death.” (16) In a process called life course perspective in which takes parts of the older life and connects it with earlier life experiences. There are four
In the last several decades, many have developed different beliefs and perspective on the process of aging. Their view on aging could have been influenced by their own age, gender, time, society, culture, and other countless factors. The purpose of this paper is to explore an older adult’s beliefs on aging by interviewing three people from different age group; an adolescent (ages 14-20), a middle-aged person (ages 45-60), and an older adult (age 70-100 or older). The people I interviewed are Christian (19-years-old African American male), Leroy (60-years-old Caucasian male), and Judy (74 years-old- Caucasian female). The participants were asked to answer six questions regarding of their belief on aging. Each interview lasted for
People unlike Morrie see age as a eternal clock, that only stops ticking when they're heart stops ticking. And it's because of that mindset that age is only a decay, that it prohibits people from seeing it as a form of growth. That's why Morrie expresses that "As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two".
Maxine thought this question was quite basic. However, after much thought she stated that aging is simply "advancing in age." Upon further questioning she explained that her definition is a view of the "total process" of aging. She does not define aging in a biological, functional, psychological, sociologic or spiritual domain.
Aging is a beautiful process that should be taking for granted. Growing of age should represent a well-preserved body and mind that exemplify the honor of the aging process. Conclusively, the aging process increases the quality of experience and the splendor of being magnanimous of aging. "The gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old" Proverb 20:29 (New Living Version).
Growing old is inevitable, it is something that everyone goes through, well unless you are the Tuck’s. The Tuck’s some how lucked up and gained every lasting life, is it luck or is it a curse? That depends on which Tuck you ask. There is no pain from growing old and no dying. Agnus, Mae, Miles, and Jesse all have accepted their eternal life differently but, the two that differ the most are Agnus and Jesse. Agnus has a difficult time dealing with the fact that he will never die, whereas Jesse has embraced his longevity of life.
Like most people in American society and culture, when I hear the term aging it is almost always thought of negatively. Americans have become obsessed with finding ways to live a longer and healthier life and when one of those people here the term ‘aging’ it is viewed as a detriment to their thought of living longer. It is often a scary thought because people assume that the best years of their life are behind them. I personally do not feel physically as old as I do mentally. I am weary, however, as life goes on that my body will eventually catch up to my mind. I hope however that I can be healthy all around at an older age because I would hate to be ill and not be able to enjoy life at its greatest potential. I believe that most people, including myself, have the perception that aging limits your mobility. People often assume that the once you get to a certain age you will be limited to where you can live and must be forced into a retirement home. This perception more than likely is false, and perhaps coming from individuals that have seen loved ones not being cared for and have taken a similar path. This perception most likely comes from observation of adults telling younger ones by word of mouth however untrue it may be.
Aging is described as a sequential, irreversible, progressive, and non-pathological process of maturation in an organism and that translates to a gradual decline in the ability to perform activities optimally. Aging is an individual process that can be a period of stress for individuals especially following their retirement (Hiller & Barrow, 2015). The current study sought to understand the process and experience of aging from the perspective of elderly individuals. In discussing matters of aging and retirement, many assume that women are always eager to retire, and adjust well, as compared to their male counterparts (Bauger & Bongaardt, 2016). Many people assume that since women are generally made as homemakers, they are willing and happy to retire while men, whose nature is to be the main source of family income, find it hard to be out of work (Moody & Sasser, 2014). Indeed, there exists very little literature that sheds some light on this area, particularly on the attitudes of each gender towards retirement and process of aging. Given the significance of retirement to this life stage, the study sought to understand the emotions and views of individuals regarding their retirement through the lenses of (1) Physical health and wellbeing, (2) Friends, Family, and Community, (3) Work and leisure, (4) Finances and lifestyles, and (5) Living