Value Of Social Disengagement Theory

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Critically compare the value of ageing theories to individuals in differing health and social care settings The activity theory is about being active, therefore continuing to participate in physical, social, cultural and civic affairs. This theory states that even though older people retire they can still remain active, it slows down the process of ageing therefore an individual still has the physical ability as they age. The social disengagement theory is being withdrawn of less involved with people such as families and friends or withdrawn from activities due to ill health or depressed social opportunities. This theory states that as individuals age they become less involved in social activities and this is a natural part of ageing. Both…show more content…
He suffers from arthritis therefore has difficulties at times doing his regular activities and needs assistance for his everyday needs. Activity theory has more value than the social disengagement theory because in this scenario it clearly shows that the old man is still very engaged in social interaction with his children and grandchildren as he gets regular calls and visits therefore social disengagement theory is no use. Whereas the activity theory has more value because it shows that the man is not physically active as he suffers with arthritis and needs assistance however he is still socially as he interacts with others in the care home and with his family relatives. The activity theory is better than social disengagement theory because it can be applied to an individual as they age and it states that the effect on an individual depends on how active they are rather than stating that everyone will become less involved or withdraw themselves from social activity and interaction due to ill health, for example in this scenario the man has arthritis yet he is involved in social interaction with his family therefore this shows that the…show more content…
Social disengagement theory has the most value because it states the natural process individuals go through as they age which is being less socially active. The social disengagement theory is better than the activity theory because it is more useful in this scenario as the man is not physically active as he needs assistance throughout the whole day therefore the activity theory is of no use when looking at the scenario whereas social disengagement theory is useful as the man is less socially active and does not interact because as the scenario explains, he is not able to spend much time with his children and
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