What Is Successful Aging?
Successful aging is a concept authored by John Rowe and Robert Kahn. It is defined as “maintaining one’s physical health, mental abilities, social competence, and overall satisfaction with life as one gets older” (Wood, Wood & Boyd 265).
3 Components To Successful Aging
Moreover, there are three components to successful aging: good physical health, retention of cognitive abilities, and continuing engagement in social and productive activities.
The most important component to successful aging is having an optimistic outlook on life. I hope to maintain good mental and physical health well into my senior years.
Ultimately We Have No Control
Although, I do not truly have control over what will happen to me as I age, I can only try to stay healthy and active.
My grandmother suffered from
dementia in her late 70’s.
Her personality for the most part remained the same
but her memory and intellect were moderately impaired. Her mind would seem to drift
in and out from time to time.
Sometimes she would recognize who I was and at
other times she would not.
Even when she did recognize who I was, our conversation would be hard to follow. It was a very sad time for my family and especially my grandfather.
- Wood, S., Wood, E., Boyd, D. (2002). Mastering the World of Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson.