- An elderly individual continues to run for exercise but does so in a less strenuous manner.
- Middle-aged people that stay in contact with friends from their childhood or university years.
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- Continuity theory is compared and contrasted to activity theory and disengagement theory as a functionalist theory of social gerontology.
- Word origin of “continuity” and “theory” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Atchley, R. C. 1971. “Retirement and Leisure Participation: Continuity or Crisis?” The Gerontologist 11(1):13–17. doi:10.1093/geront/11.1_part_1.13.
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