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Erikson's developmental stage for late adulthood

integrity versus despair
-involves reflecting on the past and either piecing together a positive review or concluding that one's life has not been well spent


activity theory

the more active and involved older adults are, the more likely they are to be satisfied with their lives


socioemotional selectivity theory

older adults become more selective about their social networks; because they place a high value on emotional satisfaction, older adults often spend more time with familiar individuals with whom they have had rewarding relationships


selective optimization with compensation theory

successful aging is related to three main factors: selection, optimization, and compensation

-selection: reduced capacity and loss of functioning require a reduction in performance in many domains
-optimization: possible to maintain performance in some areas through continued practice and technology
-compensation: needed when life tasks require a level of capacity beyond the current level of the performance potential


possible selves

what individuals might become, what they would like to become, and what they are afraid of becoming



prejudice against others because of their age, especially prejudice against older adults



physical and emotional caretaking for older members of the family, whether by giving day-to-day physical assistance or by being responsible for overseeing such care


generational inequity

the view that our aging society is being unfair to its younger members because older adults pile up advantages by receiving inequitably large allocations of resources


convoy model of social relations

individuals go through life embedded in a personal network of individuals to whom they give and from whom they receive support