Aging Adult And Successful Adulting Emboging

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There are several theories surrounding the aging adult and what successful aging embodies. A common theme of successful aging is one’s wellness. Wellness in relation to health is represented and encompassed by balance among one’s emotional, social, spiritual, physicality, and culture. As demographics begin to change in our country, new and changing definitions of what successful aging means among our society are developed through research and practice of caring for those within the population of older adults. According to ("Healthy people 2020,") “Older adults are among the fastest growing age groups, and the first “baby boomers” will turn 65 in 2011. More than 37 million people in this group (60 percent) will manage more than 1 chronic condition by 2030.” With such a staggering number of aging adults comes a large responsibility of managing their aging process. Older adults are high risk for a number of diseases and disabilities. Of the theories listed in our text regarding the health of psychosocial aging, the theory most in line with my idea of successful aging is “Life Course/ Lifespan Development” a theory developed by Back. Back’s theory suggests that as we age the roles throughout our lives are altered in one-way or another and our relationships also change. As one ages, their role changes could be from a mother who has raised children majority of her life to having an empty nest and only caring for her significant other, to being a grandmother. Responsibilities are not necessarily removed, just slightly different. Transitioning from psychosocial to biological again there are several theories trying to conceptualize how and why it is our bodies age I am led to side with Hayflick and Moorehead’s Programmed theory suggesti... ... middle of paper ... ... adult population according to a report funded by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis of the Bureau of Health Professionals found that the older adult generation will be more racially and ethnically diverse, they will be better educated, have greater access to information and these changing demographics may require more demanding healthcare services than seen in generations past. This will require healthcare professionals to identify those key changes and adjust accordingly. In conclusion, I have discussed the psychosocial, biological and nursing theories of aging that most align and best explain my personal views of successful aging. I have also identified the changing demographics of the older adult population that is now and soon will be seeking healthcare, and the influences and demands it will have on healthcare professionals in the future.

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