On Old Age II: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 92
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Aging Successfully - Psychological Aspects of Growing Old
Part of the Series: Gerontology
Systematic examination of old age is a new field inspired by the unprecedented number of people living long enough to become elderly. Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes have proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span, but the emphasis here is on old age. Their model…
Older Brains, New Connections: A Conversation with Marian Diamon at 73
Part of the Series: Gerontology
Best known for her pioneering work in the positive effects of enriched environments on brain growth, research she largely did with rats in the 1960's, Dr. Diamond has continued to teach and do research in the area of neurophysiology. Her research, and that of others, indicates that given the right…
These Vital Years: A Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76
Part of the Series: Gerontology
Betty Friedan originally gained fame for her important role in the Women's Movement of the 1960's and 1970's. She continued to be an insightful and often pithy social critic until her passing. In this film, she discusses the research she has done about the myths and realities of aging, and…
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In Their Own Words: Retirement: Late Adulthood
Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
Seniors speak of their retirement planning, their expectations, and whether they were met. They demonstrate a variety of ways to move into retirement and living out the retired lifestyle. Finally, they demonstrate differences in adjusting to being retired. Diversity is evident as seniors discuss the decision-making process they undertook regarding…
Death And Dying: Late Adulthood
Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
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Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
Retirement is a major psychological, emotional and financial event that occurs in late adulthood for many people. The topic is explored in terms of the wide variety of patterns that exist in the way individuals retire. The life satisfaction and well-being of people during their retirement years is studied and…
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Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
This program opens with an in-depth exploration of the social relationships that accompany the late adult through this final stage of the human life cycle. The role and importance of personal relationships is shown, followed by an in-depth look at a variety of these relationships. Long-term marriages are studied in…
In Their Own Words: The Social Convoy: Late Adulthood
Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
The social convoy can be described as the group of people who accompanies us on the journey of life. This social grouping is a critical element of good adjustment and well-being at every stage of development. We are social creatures and thrive on these interactions and relationships as we grow…
In Their Own Words: Integrity And Despair: Late Adulthood
Part of the Series: Late Adulthood
In this moving program, widows and widowers discuss the traumatic experience of losing a spouse. They describe their feelings, their reactions, and the ways they adjusted. These seniors share their life-altering experiences and the effects it had on them. The function of one's social network of friends and family is…
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