By Prem S. Fry, Corey L. M. Keyes PhD
A regularly pessimistic view of getting older is that it ends up in a gentle decline in actual and psychological talents. during this quantity major gerontologists and geriatric researchers discover the sizeable strength of older adults to beat the demanding situations of previous age and pursue lively lives with renewed power. The individuals think that resilience capacities diminishing with outdated age is a false impression and argue that people could effectively capitalize on their present assets, abilities and cognitive techniques so as to in achieving new studying, carrying on with progress, and greater life-satisfaction. via choosing necessary mental assets comparable to social connectedness, own engagement and dedication, openness to new studies, social help and sustained cognitive task, the authors current a balanced photograph of resilient getting older. Older adults, whereas dealing with adversity and losses, may be helped to keep up a complementary concentrate on mental strengths, optimistic feelings, and regenerative capacities to accomplish persevered progress and fit durability.
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Extra info for New Frontiers in Resilient Aging: Life-Strengths and Well-Being in Late Life
Introduction What do we know about the sources of life-strengths that contribute to resilient aging and well-being of older adults? The answer is surprisingly little, compared with what we know about mental illness, dysfunction, and disorder in later adulthood. To date, the topic of human strengths and their determinants has been understudied. A lot is known about the genesis of depression, interpersonal stress, cognitive impairment, and physical decline in late-life functioning. Although we have some understanding of the vulnerabilities that overtake us with advancing age and how individuals struggle to compensate for them, much remains to be learned about the origins and sources of life-strengths that nourish older 15 16 Prem S.
Although a number of previous longitudinal studies of all-cause mortality among older adults have identified several socio-demographic factors, health status factors, and personality factors that have reduced or increased the risk of mortality, the links between resilience, longevity, and psychosocial resources have not been studied as extensively. In the research reported in this chapter, Fry and Debats view resilience to be a developmental process. 5-year longitudinal study of 385 older widows assessed the influence of psychosocial resource factors on their resilience and healthy longevity.
Two key developmental tasks for individuals, if they are to claim and pursue lives of purpose, are as follows:Â€(a) to discern what are good, or useful, objectives in life; and (b) to successfully and ethically realize those ends in life. Both tasks are the underpinnings of human resilience and emotional and spiritual well-being. This point is particularly well articulated by Lucas (1998) that a well-defined meaning for life makes for successful coping even when the worst possible trauma or affliction strikes or even in the face of chronic and terminal illness.