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The psychology of adult development and aging.Ecology and the aging process.

The psychology of adult development and aging.: Ecology and the aging process. Ecology refers to the study of natural systems, emphasizing the interdependence of one element in a system on every other element. We will consider the ecology of aging in terms of the adaptation of man to his environment and his alteration of the environment as part of the process of human adaptation. The aging process itself can be seen as one of continual adaptation: adaptation both to the external environment and to the changes in internal capabilities and functioning which take place during the life cycle. Recently, the word "ecology" has become a slogan in addition to a field of inquiry, with warnings of the impending ecological catastrophe due to many years of disregard for the maintenance of existing natural systems. Less obvious are the frequently unanticipated behavioral and social consequences of changes in the man-made environment. Thus, when we spend tax dollars on road building rather than on public transportation, we may affect the ability of older persons to maintain themselves in the community. The fact that the connection is not obvious does not negate its seriousness. Similarly, the way old people are cared for in nursing homes has an impact on the cost of governance for all of the members of a society, not merely those with a direct relationship to the aged. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The psychology of adult development and aging.Ecology and the aging process.

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1973 American Psychological Association
Pages
619 –674
DOI
10.1037/10044-020
Publisher site
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Abstract

Ecology refers to the study of natural systems, emphasizing the interdependence of one element in a system on every other element. We will consider the ecology of aging in terms of the adaptation of man to his environment and his alteration of the environment as part of the process of human adaptation. The aging process itself can be seen as one of continual adaptation: adaptation both to the external environment and to the changes in internal capabilities and functioning which take place during the life cycle. Recently, the word "ecology" has become a slogan in addition to a field of inquiry, with warnings of the impending ecological catastrophe due to many years of disregard for the maintenance of existing natural systems. Less obvious are the frequently unanticipated behavioral and social consequences of changes in the man-made environment. Thus, when we spend tax dollars on road building rather than on public transportation, we may affect the ability of older persons to maintain themselves in the community. The fact that the connection is not obvious does not negate its seriousness. Similarly, the way old people are cared for in nursing homes has an impact on the cost of governance for all of the members of a society, not merely those with a direct relationship to the aged. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Published: Aug 31, 2004

Keywords: ecology; aging; natural systems; environmental adaptation; environmental alteration

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