Promoting Successful Cognitive Aging: Continuing Engagement In Life

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Introduction It is projected that by the year 2050 the population of the elderly will increase to two billion or 21 per cent of the world’s population (W.H.O. 2004). With this in mind it is necessary to provide adequate health care to facilitate the increase in this age group. Not only is adequate health care necessary, but it is also necessary that society perceive the elderly in a different light and assist them in maintaining optimum conditions for living and productivity. Successful aging has many scopes; it incorporates the avoidance of disease and disability, the maintenance of high physical and cognitive function, and sustained engagement in social and productive activities (Rowe & Khan, 1997). These elements are not to be…show more content…
This can result in the elderly being put aside waiting to die, while other members of society continue their regular everyday life. However, the elderly hold a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can be transferred to the next generation. In addition, because of the knowledge that they have, the elderly can also be productive through volunteer work. Works Cited Daffner, K. (2010). Promoting Successful Cognitive Aging:A Comprehensive Review. Journal of Alzheimers Disease, 19(4), 1101. Retrieved 2012, from Dychtwald, K. (1999). Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions. (K. Dychtwald, Ed.) Jones & Barlett Learning. Retrieved 2012, from Rowe, J. W., & Khan, R. (1997). Successful Aging. The Gerontologist, 37(4), 433-440.
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