Aging As a Developmental Perspective

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 09:56
Location: Hörsaal BIG 1 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Fumiko HOSOKAWA, California State University Dominguez Hills, USA
This qualitative research study compares a small sample of University students 50 and older with seniors at a community center.  Their perspectives of aging were shown to be affected by societal views on aging and cultural values.  Though aging was not feared by most participants, their concern about physical limitations, slowing down, and being less productive was noticeable.  Body image was a reminder of these changes and the younger respondents, ages 50-59, were more concerned about these things than those 60 and older.  The author relates these concerns to current societal values that are desired in individuals such as independence, productivity and remaining active.