Explanations of the theories of ageing

Disengagement theory is the process of individuals withdrawing and isolation from social interactions due to age. This theory was been largely modified due to the increase in the life-span of people as well the increase in the general health level of elderly people.

This disengagement theory is the encourage elderly people to be involved through volunteer work, continuing to work past retirement, and engaging in more activities with retirement. The basis of the activity theory is that the need to remain involved in activities continues into older life, older people have the same wants, needs and motivations as they reach into older life.

Theories of ageing

Continuity theory in later life, adults tend to use continuity as an adaptive strategy to deal with changes that occur during normal ageing. Changes come about as a result of the ageing person's reflecting upon past experience and setting goals for the future.