• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The two theories of ageing are the disengagement theory and the activity theory. Cumming and Henry suggested the disengagement theory in the 1960s. Robert Havighurst suggested the Activity theory.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Two explanations of ageing The two theories of ageing are the disengagement theory and the activity theory. Cumming and Henry suggested the disengagement theory in the 1960's. Robert Havighurst suggested the Activity theory. Cumming and Henry suggested the disengagement theory in the 1960's. It is an inevitable process as people age become socially and psychologically withdrawn of an individual from society. This is a functionalist theory. The functionalist theory known as when society believes that the elderly must be 'erased' out of society to let the young take over to prevent any disruption to society when the old dies. For example, In America there is evidence that society forces withdrawal on older people whether or not they want it. ...read more.

Middle

She also refers to her grandbabies as her "reason for still being on Earth". This shows what a negative toil this has on people. It makes them dependent on others and for Mrs. Denver's case; she is now dependant on her grandbabies. On the other hand, the disengagement theory is also positive. The elderly has a lot more time on their hands to pursue other aspects of their lives than chasing for money. Some go around the world or spend much needed time with their family. The first question of Section E - Positive Perspectives, Mrs. Denver let me know that with her she goes to cooking competitions and gossips with her neighbours. ...read more.

Conclusion

Denver's case gossiping and cooking competitions. Bromley argued that disengagement should not be allowed to go too far, so that it prevents them from being isolated. In this theory, it is recommended that the elderly must stay mentally active as well as physically. By being mentally active, they should be encouraged to study or take new course for pleasure instead of economically reasons, take up leisure activities or complete brainteasers such as crosswords & word searches. The elderly are encouraged to stay physically active by taking up keep fit activities, walking or swimming. Research has shown that the elderly that go through life with the Activity theory maintain a positive sense of self worth than the elderly that go by the Disengagement theory. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephanie Adusei Opoku ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Healthcare essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Life stages . Aging - In this assignment I am going to assess ...

    3 star(s)

    information on revealing how to stay active and will show activities and exercises that older people can do in order to keep healthy. There are several places that older people can go to, to support this healthy lifestyle. I believe that these services help people to be involved in activities

  2. Acitivy and Disengagement Theories

    One fifth of the subjects had a "Large lifespace". But instead of Cummings & Henry describing these people as engaged, they were describes as "unsuccessful disengagers" The Disengagement theory also states that older people have less interaction with the outside world, and they become more withdrawn - either partially or totally.

  1. Activity and Disengagement theory

    This will not provide with appropriate facilities and resident may disengage themselves because of that. I have found that 'people who are lonely are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a large US study has suggested'. This means that more people die from loneliness than diseases as I found from my research.

  2. Free essay

    Theories of ageing p5

    There is a reduction in exercise cardiac output, because the heart is not able to pump the blood as quickly so this means circulation is slowed. In addition, the heart cannot respond as forcefully, to the increased workload of the exercised heart.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work