Ageing Theories

A comparison between two ageing theories

Activity Theory

Developed by Robert Havighurst in the 1960's.


Supports the maintenance of regular activities roles in life and social pursuits.

People who achieve optimal age are those who stay active.

Disengagement Theory

Developed by Cummings and Henry in the late 1950's.


They have poor communication skills.

People may become depressed and lonely.

Live a shorter life.