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Aging, Death, & End of Life Issues. Allport’s Characteristics of a Healthy Adult. Extension of sense of self Warm human interaction Emotional security and self acceptance Realistic perceptions Self objectification Demonstrate a unifying philosophy of life. Theories of Aging.

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Aging death end of life issues

Aging, Death, & End of Life Issues


Allport s characteristics of a healthy adult

Allport’s Characteristics of a Healthy Adult

  • Extension of sense of self

  • Warm human interaction

  • Emotional security and self acceptance

  • Realistic perceptions

  • Self objectification

  • Demonstrate a unifying philosophy of life


Theories of aging

Theories of Aging

  • Cellular Clock Theory (Hayflick limit)

    • Cells have an absolute limit on the number of times they can divide. As they stop aging increases.

  • Free Radical Theory

    • Chemicals produced by cell division and by the environment(pollution, smoking, etc.) cause cell damageand aging

  • Hormonal Stress Theory

    • Aging of bodies hormonal system can lower resilience to stress and cause aging


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Theories of Aging

  • Cellular Garbage Theory

    • Garbage builds in cells due to aging cells difficulty in disposing of waste which creates slower functioning due to crowding.

  • Wear and Tear Theory

    • Bodies accumulated damage over time makes it impossible to repair


Successful aging

Successful Aging

  • Theories

    • Continuity theory

      • Must maintain continuity of past and change

    • Disengagement theory

      • Must have mutual disengagement between individual and society

    • Activity theory

      • Must remain as active as possible


Peck s three developmental tasks of late adulthood

Peck’s Three Developmental Tasks of Late Adulthood

  • Differentiation vs. Role Pre-occupation

    • Must redefine worth in terms other than career

  • Body Transcendence vs. Body Pre-occupation

    • Must learn to cope with declining physical health

  • Ego Transcendence vs. Ego Pre-occupation

    • Must recognize death is inevitable and come to terms with ones life


Dealing with the end of life

Dealing with the End of Life

  • Spirituality

  • Advanced Directives

    • Will

    • Living Will

    • Durable Power of Attorney

    • Funeral arrangements


Dealing with death

Dealing With Death

  • Experience

    • Bereavement

      • The state or condition of loss

    • Grief

      • The emotional response to loss

    • Mourning

      • Outward display of grief (culturally prescribed)


Models of grieving

Models of Grieving


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Models of Grieving

  • Grief Work

    • Individual process

    • Cannot underestimate the time needed

    • Involves

      • Acknowledging the reality of the loss

      • Working through the emotional turmoil

      • Adjusting to the environment where the deceased is absent

      • Loosening the ties to the deceased


Dual process model of coping w loss stroebe schut

Dual Process Model of Coping w/ LossStroebe & Schut


Why grieving is important

Why Grieving is Important

  • Loss involves more than death of a loved one.

  • The problem of compounded grief.


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