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There are several theories of ageing. The two that I will be explaining are: Social disengagement Continuity theory

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M.Daley Omi Chowdhury Unit 4- development through the life stages P4- Explain two theories of ageing. There are several theories of ageing. The two that I will be explaining are: Social disengagement Continuity theory Social disengagement Social disengagement is a theory that older people would extract from social contact with others. In 1961, two theorist?s (Cumming and Henry) put forward this idea that older people tend to remove themselves from the majority of social involvement. There are a number of reasons why older adults tend to withdraw from the social world. This can be due to: Ill health: one may not be physically fit enough to travel distances. ...read more.


Or even because their children and grandchildren may have grown up and are busy majority of the time. This might make the older adult feel as though they are not needed. Death of friends and relatives of similar age: death of someone may impact them in a way that may make them feel as though they have lost someone dear to them and alone at times. This can also reduce them from socialising and interacting with others. Technology: technology is another major issue amongst older adults. As most do not own a mobile phone or a laptop to use the internet, or even have a car. ...read more.


In other words, this theory says that older adults should continue to do what they do and not disengage to much as this will have a negative effect on a person especially for those who were always actively involved. Another factor is that as people get older they start to physically deteriorate, adults should continue with the activities they usually do to help strengthen their body, this will also help them feel better intellectually and emotionally as they can learn something new depending on the activities which are being done and this can help socialise with other older members of the local area. Reference: Moonie,N, Et al (2010), Health & Social Care Level 3 BTEC National, Book 1, Harlow, Essex, Pearson Education Limited. ...read more.

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