PSYC 357 Chapter Notes -Wour, Habituation, Psych

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Psych 357 ch 14 (successful aging and creativity) Theoretical perspectives on successful aging: want to understand factors that contrib. To ability of older indiv to survive: successful aing involves additional quality of enhancing the healthy spirit and sense of joy seen in older adults who seem to transcend physical limitations. Sometimes synonymous with mental health (qualities thought to be desirable for optimal adaptation, ie positive outlook and greater self understanding, also part of successful aging: macarthur foundation study of aging in america: Tho ppl often tend to see happy and productive older ppl as anomalies (has avoided expected state of gloom and despair we think of normal in aging process) Cognitive functioning is preserved in most adults: social indicator model= demographic and social structural variables (age, income, marital status, gender) account for indiv differences in levels of well being. Ppl believe in this as reason that most ppl think of successful ager as exception .

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