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Lecture 37

PSY BEH 113D Lecture Notes - Lecture 37: Longitudinal Study, Life Satisfaction, Psych


Department
Psychology and Social Behavior
Course Code
PSY BEH 113D
Professor
Valentovich
Lecture
37

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Professor Valentovich
Psych Behavior 113D
Adult Development
Spring 2019
4 units
MWF 12-12:50 pm
SSL 290
Professor email: vvalento@uci.edu
Office hours Wednesday 1-1:50 pm
Final Exam: June 7th, 2019
Notes
LEISURE PURSUITS FOR OLDER ADULTS
Contribute to sense of identity and personal satisfaction
Provide focus and meaning in life
Help maintain health and cognitive functioning
Social connections to others
New activities offer benefits
Enhanced meaning in life and well-being
Travel takes people out of their comfort zone
OVERVIEW OF SUCCESSFUL AGING
Rowe and Kahn definition
Absence of disease and disability
High cognitive and physical functioning
Engagement with life
Criticisms
Unclear
Overly focused on health
Lacking psychological traits
Doesn’t take social context into account
CRITIQUE: EVIDENCE FROM HEALTH & RETIREMENT STUDY
Longitudinal study of adults 51+, 1998- -2004
Developed successful aging measure based on R & K criteria:
No major disease/physical disability
No limitations in activities of daily living
Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks
Good cognitive functioning
Reported on active engagement
Problem: Few participants met all four criteria
Problem: Those w/ health condition excluded
Problem: Race/class limitations
UCSD-WHI STUDY OF SUCCESSFUL AGING
Longitudinal study, 1994-2005
Women 60-89 years old
Measured a range of qualities:
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