activity theory

(noun) Theory asserting that to feel satisfied and enjoy their lives, elderly individuals must stay engaged to maintain meaningful activities and replace roles or statuses lost due to age.

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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How to Cite the Definition of Activity Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “activity theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

activity theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “activity theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“activity theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/>.