25 September 2012

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POSITIVE AGEING : FIND MEANING IN OLD AGE

Generally elderly people raise a question-“how long will I live” ? The right question which one should raise is – “ if I am going to live such a long time, how can I be happy in the process “?

The common worries of elderly are- “I am losing my health”, “ I am losing the ability to take care of myself”. In late life person’s health declines, he loses youthful looks, feels functional loss and becomes physically vulnerable. There arises a gap between what he aspires to do and what he is able to do.

There are specific consequences of age related declines ,such as, memory impairment ( it can create a fear of loss of meaning as you get older), physical disability etc. Age related decline is different from decline due to disease. Age related decline occurs gradually in stages such as, dy-function, disability, dependency and death. The pathway through these four stages of ageing is unavoidable. The decline will affect you and influence your life satisfaction and well-being. This process of decline is termed as frailty which is not connected to illness and disease. Being frail means you are declining, it does not mean that you are weak or unhealthy.

When you are old society expects you to act according to your age. They have negative attitude about old age and aged. The negative attitude towards elderly ( ageism) will affect elderly what he does and how he feels about his ageing experiences.

03 September 2012

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SELF-CENTEREDNESS: BARRIER TO POSITIVE AGEING

Self-centeredness or self-absorption in old age is a complex phenomenon. It is a maladaptive quality related to coping and subjective well being in the last phase of life. The person having self-absorption style of life fails to develop other focused qualities, (which are the signs of wisdom) in old age. Such persons have difficult time in experiencing positive ageing.

Self-centeredness has many forms. Self-absorbed person focuses on him or herself and give priority to the meeting of personal needs, desires, appetites and preferences. They do not give importance to the needs of others (even to their family members or care givers). Self-focus may be of two forms-(a) I am special and (b) something is wrong with me. These two forms interact with the ageing process. The elderly thinks-“I am special because I am old” and should be cared first. When he says that “something is wrong with me”, he is of the view that due to my vulnerability to disease and disability I should be given priority.