activity theory

(noun) “Theory which suggests that for individuals to enjoy old age and feel satisfied, they must maintain activities and find a replacement for the statuses and associated roles they have left behind as they aged” (OpenStax College 2012).

Example: An individual who worked for 30 years as a medical doctor retires but starts to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in a client support capacity.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives on Aging. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42973/1.3/).