― Mitch Albom
Taking into account both these aspects, the concept of successful aging was formulated. This refers to the physical, mental, as well as social well-being of a person in old age. In order to determine how to achieve successful aging, various psycho-social theories have been put forward. These theories focus on the social and psychological aspects of a senior citizen's life, in order to define ways of attaining success at aging gracefully. There are three main such theories: continuity theory, disengagement theory, and activity theory. Each theory describes a different aspect of aging, and here, we will explore the effect of activity on aging.
- Senior citizens who miss being parents can enroll themselves in charity organizations that offer aid to the youth.
- Those with an artistic bend can take up sketching, painting, pottery, etc.
- If they miss being an office worker, they could volunteer at the town hall.
- They can also take up new hobbies, go traveling, etc. The possibilities are endless.