The Pros And Cons Of Gerontology

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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 today’s world Gerontology has an enormous role to play so that the senior citizens could be analyzed and their needs may be addressed with compassion and empathy.
As part of the course requirements, I had the privilege to interview four individuals, who belong to the age group of above sixty years. The interview was structured to identify the issues that they face, the most disturbing issues that they encounter and the comfort factor that they have.
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They looked active and looked forward to doing more productive things in their life.
The age markers are slowly changing and so is the concept of retirement. The modern aged community is unwilling to declare themselves as retired. One of the respondents made a statement that he wishes to work as long as he could do. A self declared retirement will make one detached from activities thus speeding up the ageing process. An earlier retirement will most probably make the individual feel old soon and this emotional drift will have a dramatic influence on his physical as well as mental and emotional health as well.
The disengagement theory explains aging as a result of the individuals retreating and separating from previous community connections owing to age. This is one of the earliest hypotheses put forth, and this theory was initially postulated way back in the 1950s.
The source of the activity theory lies on the need to stay occupied in actions persists into older life, but the connotation and the focal point alters. Older individuals have the similar requirements, desires, and motivations as with the individuals in their
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