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Ch 17: Measures of Well-Being in Aging Populations

About This Chapter

View informative video lessons to learn about the various ways that well-being may be measured in older adults. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these adult development topics.

Measures of Well-Being in Aging Populations - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

At any age or stage of existence, individuals might feel satisfied and have positive outlooks on their lives. However, these states-of-being don't occur miraculously, with no relationship to physical health or support from their surroundings. In this chapter, knowledgeable instructors can help you explore shifting social roles and the various ways that people approach their later years. At the end of this chapter's lessons, you should understand the following ideas:

  • The composition of a successful late adulthood
  • Disengagement, activity and continuity theories of aging
  • What factors are connected to well-being in older adults
  • How well-being later in life may be predicted

Video Objective
Dimensions of Successful Aging Discuss what constitutes successful aging. Explain factors such as morale, life satisfaction and self-esteem.
Disengagement Theory vs. Activity Theory Compare activity theory and disengagement theory. Within each of these theories, outline how aging adults are expected to adjust to social roles.
Psychosocial Theories of Aging Explore disengagement, continuity and activity theories of aging, explaining how they each look upon healthy and normal aging in different ways.
Correlates & Predictors of Well-Being in Older Adults Address how physical health and available social supports may be connected to or could help predict the likelihood of well-being later in life.

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