Successful Aging Essay

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Aging is an inevitable and natural process. There are many types of aging that one can consider. According to researchers Rowe & Kahn, they focus on what is normal and successful aging (John W. Rowe & Robert L. Kahn, 1997, p. 433). Normal aging is the changes individuals go through that are not detrimental to ones wellbeing. With age, a human body function starts to slow down; bones weaken, hearing gets worse, etc. These factors have to do with ones genes and the way they live their lifestyle. Genes is heredity, which you can’t change and lifestyle is what you can change. Not everyone ages the same because of these factors. Successful aging is facing no chronic impairments that would disrupt ones every day life. Successful aging can mean different …show more content…
“Successful Aging” by John W. Rowe, and Robert L. Kahn (1997), defines successful aging by having three domains that needs to be met. These domains are having “low disease and disability, function high functional level in being physical and cognitive, and engage with life” (John W. Rowe & Robert L. Kahn, 1997, p. 434). “Older Adults’ Views of “Successful Aging”-How do they compare with Researches’ Definitions?” by Phelan et al, defines successful aging by adding another domain which is including ones psychological and mental health. “A Two-Factor Model of Successful Aging” by Pruchno et al, looks at successful aging from an objective and subjective side. The use of these three articles will be used to interpret a case study, “Ms. Rodriguez” by Mariano et …show more content…
I agree with the ideas that you have to have low disease, engage with life, high physical and cognitive functioning, and good mental health. I also agree with the views from a subjective and objective point of successful aging. I do, disagree with Rowe and Kahn theory on how you need to meet all three domains in order to be successfully aging. I feel that if you are not successful aging in one domain it’s okay because there are still other domains. It shouldn’t be, if you are doing greatly in the other two domains its useless since you would not be considered successfully aging. Rowe and Kahn should change how one can be successfully aging according to these domains. Having this domain be based by age can change it. It is natural that aging is a an inevitable process so as one gets older there health, and other body functions start to decrease. Someone who is 65 will be functioning different then someone who is 85. Age plays a major role in determining if this should be happening to your body, health, etc., at such an age. Overall this concept is useful up to today in helping the elderly know if they are successfully aging or

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