Age-related anxieties and the effects on successful aging

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. I.B.S. Nel en_US
dc.contributor.author Rochat, L. P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T12:10:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T12:10:51Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 1996
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7656
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study aimed to explore the perceptions of a sample of senior citizens at the Reuven Senior Centre in order to ascertain their age-related feelings and experience of the aging process. Eighty respondents were systematically selected to complete an age-related questionnaire. Forty-seven questionnaires were completed and returned, which formed the data basis of the study. The nature of the research was exploratory - descriptive as it attempted to investigate and portray the perceptions of the respondents. The research design which was used, was quantitative in nature and a questionnaire was used for the purpose of data collection. Furthermore the study could be described as a correlational research design. This design assumes a cause and effect relationship. Major findings included: The senior citizen respondents expressed that they experience age-related anxieties. Major anxieties included the fear of failing health, physical ability and becoming dependent on others. From the study, it would be inappropriate to suppose a relationship between the absence of age-related anxiety and the phenomenon of successful aging. Further research would be necessary with various population samples across the spectrum of age. Fear of aging and of the aged may be more relevant to younger people who have not yet reached an older age. This may be referred to as a fear of the unknown. Social workers have a role to play in the re-education and positive reframing of age-related issues to allay unnecessary fears. All the respondents seemed to exhibit successful aging. No overt depression or malfunctioning was evident. Findings indicate that the senior citizen sample at the Reuven Senior Centre Complex exhibit qualities of successful aging. Despite old people having fewer resources for happiness than their younger counterparts, they have great adaption capacities. Old people should not be pitied but admired for their strength and wisdom. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Aging. en_US
dc.subject Aging - Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject Aging - Social aspects. en_US
dc.subject Older people - Social aspects. en_US
dc.title Age-related anxieties and the effects on successful aging en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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