PSYC 357 Chapter : ch 14 successful aging

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Term to reflect ability of an older person to adapt to aging process. Many factors contribute; apply to 1/3 old. Involves additional quality of enhancing healthy spirit + sense of joy in life seen in. Old who transcend physical limitations they encounter +not die. Synonymous with mental health qualities thought to be desirable for optimal adaption (ex. positive outlook, greater self understanding) = part of successful aging. More than maintaining positive outlook of life. Building on 3 fold model of successful aging (macarthur) additional elements involving multiple dimensions of functioning including adaptive processes that allow. Old to compensate effectively for variety of challenges to mental and physical health. Social element to idea of engaged in life include social support especially from family. 3 components also reinforce each other = (ex. feel useless = suffer more cognitive deficits = more likely die)

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