The Ageing Theory
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The Activity Theory
The activity theory was developed by Robert Havighurst in the 1960s. The theory suggests that elderly people are happiest when they interact socially with friends and remain active. The theory also suggests that older people need to be mentally and socially active to avoid the risk of disengagement which would lead to a loss of physical and mental skills.
The Disengagement Theory
The disengagement theory was developed by Cummings and Henry in the 1950s. Disengagement means to become separated from social interactions. The theory states that the elderly tend to disengage as they get older. This would lead to more individuality and they will become less involved with family and friends. Disengagement could lead to depression, illnesses and feeling lonely.