The Components of Adjustment to the Process of Aging

  • Sofia von Humboldt
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 15)


Chapter 4 entails an empirical tour of the landscape of adjustment to aging. The following questions are, therefore, explored in this chapter: How is adjustment to aging perceived from older adults’ perspectives? Are older adults’ perspectives of adjustment to aging best understood as a product of addressing challenges in old age? And what dimensions are relevant for older adults when adjusting to aging? The contrast between empirical and theoretical explanations is part of this discussion. By doing so, Chap. 4 explores in detail the structure of our proposed adjustment to aging model and the five components of adjustment to aging: sense of purpose and ambitions, zest and spirituality, body and health, aging in place and stability, and social support.


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