Jean Schaie's Lifespan Model Of Cognitive Development
Each level consists of an intellectual aim to be achieved, from a social perspective. The reintegrative stage correlates with late adulthood. Older people within this age group become more susceptible to declines and limitations in brain and cognitive function. The aim at this level is to direct attention to that which holds the greatest value and significance for them (Papalia, Olds, & Feldman, 2009).
Schaie’s reintegrative stage relates to Jean’s case story, by the relationship she has with her family, whom she regularly spends time with. Although she has been busy caring for Frank, she still values her driver’s licence which enabled her to engage in enjoyable social outings with friends, participate in a bridge club, and attend her grandchildren’s school functions. With Frank’s engagement in his own activities within the retirement village, Jean will be able to commit more time to her own leisurely activities. An added bonus is that those who engage in these types of activities increase their ability to sustain intellectual skills as they age (Berk,