Role of Aging in Psychology
According to the definition, aging is a complex biological process, accompanied by retardation of the main life cycles. However, following the personal philosophy of aging, it is possible to provide a refutation of a general idea that, in the majority of cases, aging is depressing. Thus, scholars state that “preliminary research with older adults has indicated that seniors do not respond to death reminders in the same way as their younger counterparts”.
The statement, in fact, proves that the situation has turned its directly opposite side: depression is more inherent to younger generations than to older ones. People of younger age are more often subjected to fears and concerns of being left alone or ignored by society. This brings evidence to the fact that the elderly appears to be a matter of choice. It may either become noticeable at an early age or remain unnoticed till the end of one’s days.
In accordance with Doyle, interests and the overall way of thinking of older people are to a higher extent influenced by remarkable events of the past century leading to the occurrence of veterans and other organizations. It is generally known that older age representatives have different comprehension of historical events compared to younger generations and, therefore, do not always share the public opinion. Focusing on the example of my grandfather’s former colleague, people of senior age have a tendency to refer to the past and compare it with the present situation. Although a part of the current social trends still remains unfamiliar to them, they keep living the life they are used to and never surrender to obstacles.