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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.

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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the disengagement theory in the 1960's. It is an inevitable process as people age become socially and psychologically withdrawn of an individual from society.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.

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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.

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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.

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