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Linking Aging Theory and Disability Models: Increasing the Potential to Explore Aging With Physical Impairment

Linking Aging Theory and Disability Models: Increasing the Potential to Explore Aging With Physical Impairment,Michelle Putnam

Linking Aging Theory and Disability Models: Increasing the Potential to Explore Aging With Physical Impairment   (Citations: 15)
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Purpose: Social theories of aging are discussed in relation to their preparedness to address the aging-with-physical impairment phenomenon. Design and Methods: An overview of the social theories of aging is presented. Indi- vidual theories of aging are reviewed to examine (a) how they currently depict and/or include disability in their frameworks and (b) how they could be used to explore the experience of aging with physical impairment. Results: Most social theories of aging do not directly address ag- ing with physical impairment or the cumulative experience of disability over the life course. Implications: Potential exists for social theories of aging to be applied to the ex- perience of aging with physical impairment. To do so, physical impairment and disability must be clearly opera- tionalized. The author suggests using social models of disability as frameworks in this process and provides ex- amples of how this might be done with current social the- ories of aging.
Published in 2002.
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