The Theory of Ageing.

Activity Theory and disengagement theory.

The disengagement theory.

This theory suggests that if you are an elderly person who does not do any activities, you may become sad, lonely, despaired which can further lead to depression. This can then lead to the elderly person become speechless as they are not using their communication skills. Also if they are not exercising, they can get brittle bones as they are not using their bones for anything.

The active theory.

The activity theory suggests that if the elderly stay fit and carry in socialising, They will be better off as they will feel happy and feel like they have friends. This helps people cope with bereavement when loosing loved ones. They must stay emotionally stable so they can then cope with what happens easier. They must stay social active so they can function for longer and will not struggle talking to people when they need to. They must stay physically active so their bones do not get brittle.

Who Discovered them?

  • The activity theory was developed by Robert Havighurst in 1960s.
  • The disengagement theory was developed by Cummings and Henry in the late 1850s.