Advocates of successful aging at work often neglect that individual efforts are not sufficient to fight age discrimination and improve the situation of older workers. Thus, it is important that comprehensive models of successful aging at work take into account both individual characteristics and contextual-structural factors that may influence successful aging at work, and use additional criteria of success that better reflect the experiences of all older workers.
Critical reflectivity could help practitioners by understanding how social and cultural forces impact LGBTQ older adults.
Sexual dysfunctions can even lead to rediscovery of one’s sexuality that help rethink the ways older people express their intimacies.
Over the past two decades, there has been a growing focus on how to support older adults to achieve so-called ‘positive’ aging.
‘Successful aging’: Sacred or Profane? Insights from classical sociological theory
The critique of the notion of ‘successful aging’ coined a while ago by Rowe and Kahn, revolves around these issues of intra-generational (in addition to inter-generational) inequality, whether it is represented in media discourses about later life, or in individuals’ everyday experiences.