Psychosocial Issues in Retirement and Old Age Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the psychological and sociological problems faced by the retiring and the elderly.
# 146258 | 1,747 words | 19 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2010 in Psychology (Social) , Aging (General)

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The paper discusses how individuals in society who retire and who are no longer actively involved in the community can undergo severe psychological and social stressors. The paper provides a case study of Albert, a typical example of a retiree who has become estranged from the mainstream society. The paper focuses on the loneliness and isolation of the elderly who often have no extended support systems.

Psychosocial Factors and Ageing

From the Paper:

"Furthermore, the situation of retired persons and the elderly has also been compounded by the decline of the family as an institution in many developed countries. While in the past elderly people would be supported both psychologically and materially by the family unit, this is often not the case today in many countries. As Waite (1999) states, the decline in the institution of marriage has led to a reduction in the ability of society to adequately care for and provide a firm foundation for its children and for the elderly."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Fry P, and Debats D. 2002, Self-efficacy beliefs as predictors of loneliness and psychological distress in older adults, International Journal Aging Human Development, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 233-269.
  • Guillemard, A., & Rein, M. 1993, Comparative Patterns of Retirement: Recent Trends in Developed Societies, [Online], Available from: [1 Jan 2009].

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