Essay on Successful Aging : An Active Lifestyle

1376 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
According to Rowe and Kahn (1997), “ successful aging include[s] three main components: low probability of disease and disease-related disability, high cognitive and physical functional capacity, and active engagement with life (p.433).” An active lifestyle throughout an individual’s lifetime can be beneficial in the future since it provides a variety of benefits toward physical, social, and cognitive wellbeing. An individual living an inactive/ sedentary lifestyle can increase their risk of disease or illness, and consequently, end up with a decreased quality of life in the future. The objective of this paper is to support the claim that an active lifestyle is essential to successful aging. To support the objective, research studies on the benefits of physical, social, and cognitive wellbeing in relation to successful aging will be presented. The goal is to accomplish an understanding that the components of an active lifestyle are essential to aging successfully. Many could argue that an active lifestyle as an older adult can increase the chances of burnout, which could eventually lead to physical injuries. In a study by Baker, Edwards, Gallagher, & Robson, (2003 ) (as stated in Ward-Griffin 2004 p.308) “Falls are the second leading cause of hospitalization in Canada for women age 65 years and older and the fifth leading cause of hospitalization for men of this age.” The purpose of the study was to explore the perceptions and fear of falling of elders in their everyday…

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