Tuesday, 8 November 2016

– Answers By Practicing Social Gerontologists 

Does life begin at EIGHTY? Why not, say two practicing social gerontologists,  Soumya Nair and Roshan Jacob from the vast experience, claims your 80s can be the happiest years of your life. Increased numbers of older people and a continued lengthening of the life span signal the need to expand the knowledge about ageing not only to the older adults but also to the younger generation who are supposed to support this special group. 

No doubt, today’s older adults are healthier and better educated than ever before, but concerned about the quality of life as well as the length of it. A number of role transitions and losses heighten the vulnerability of the older adult in their twilight years--children living far away, health concerns, loss of steady income, death of a spouse, isolation, and institutionalization. A deficit in personal resources and/or coping skills may mean a need for more understanding of old age and thereby planning. Nobody should be caught unaware of the pitfalls in old age.

In this blog, authors are trying to address few special concerns of the elderly and ways to handle such concerns. The essays included in this blog look into the different aspects of longevity and the authors appeal to shun dreading of old age, and instead we should be eagerly looking forward to it.

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