What I Have Learned About the Aging Process?

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What I Have Learned About the Aging Process

The aging process is something that everyone will face with multiple factors influencing the progression. Taking this gerontology class has taught me different techniques to consider when dealing with aging. The knowledge I have gained about the activity theory, successful aging, and retirement will help me cope with aging in my personal life. Likewise, I intend to use the information that I have learned about caregivers, long-term facilities, and intergenerational programs to provide information to my clients in my professional career. In a prior assignment, I found that the activity theory best suited my personal outlook on the aging process. According to Hooyman and Kiyak (2008), the activity theory attempts to answer how individuals adjust to age-related changes such as retirement, chronic illness, and role loss. As well, Hooyman and Kiyak (2008) states that the activity theory is a social problem that is addressed by trying to retain social status, roles, and activities similar to those of earlier life stages. Understanding the concept of this theory will help me have a positive attitude about aging, and by using this theory I will be reminded of how the activities of my earlier life play a role in staying healthy and maintaining my social status. As I age, I can use productive roles to help assist in following the activity theory as well. These are defined as age-appropriate replacements roles that are voluntary, faith-based, or leisure type activities (Hooyman& Kiyak, 2008). Likewise, the application of productive roles will provide me with the tools needed to stay active and maintain the healthy lifestyle I currently have. I have also learned about successful aging. This topic was of great interest to me. I was surprised to learn that successful aging is a combination of physical and functional health, high cognitive functioning, and active involvement with...
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