This edition: Late Adulthood: Psychosocial Development
Relationships remain very important to aging adults. As we age, we become more selective about whom we spend time with. Social networks may shrink because of this selectivity. This lesson presents psychosocial theories on late adulthood, including self theories, stratification theories, and dynamic theories. Erikson viewed the crisis of this time of life as integrity versus despair, as older adults reflect back on their lives with either a sense of satisfaction or disappointment. The video lesson discusses the importance of close friends, or the social convoy, and the value of remaining socially active in older adulthood. It concludes with a discussion of quality of life, including the ability to engage in activities of daily life and instrumental activities of daily life, and the importance of remaining actively involved in personally meaningful activities.