Sociological Aging : A Sociological Perspective

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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.
Most social gerontologist chose activity theory. Activity theory is widely supported opposing theory to disengagement in old age. This theory argues that actively engaged older persons have greater life satisfaction (Activity Theory 2014). Activity theory is also known as normal theory of aging, implicit theory of aging, and lay theory of aging. There is a positive relationship among an individual satisfaction and level of activity, which can raise positive views they may have of themselves (Activity Theory 2014). Active theory is usually contrasted with disengagement theory. Disengagement theory is a social…
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