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[This chapter explores how positive agingPositive aging theories shape views on aging. The chapter starts off with defining positive agingPositive aging and goes on to provide an overview of the successful agingSuccessful aging theory and its main critiques. The key critical points are organized around the question of whether we should think differently aboutagingAging? Since theory inspires different views on aging, it is discussed how images of agingAging are modeled by theoretical thought and how they can be changed in accordance with critiques brought to the successful agingSuccessful aging model. It is argued that a precarious social context may give rise to different positive and negative images of agingAging as compared to a social context of financial stability. The concluding section addresses the question of “how to think about aging?” The literature on positive and negative views on agingNegative views on aging is reviewed, and potential changes that need to be made in thinking about agingAging are highlighted.]
Published: May 11, 2019
Keywords: Aging theories; Views on aging; Aging stereotypes; Successful aging; Critiques of; Successful aging; Selection optimization compensation model; Health
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