Work, Retirement, and Activity

Coping Challenges for the Elderly
  • Lawrence W. Smith
  • Thomas L. Patterson
  • Igor Grant
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


To consider the social development of elderly individuals might seem odd to some, given the more common and stereotypic concern with the deterioration of physical and mental capacities in this group. But, in order to interact effectively within a social environment, one must continue to obtain information, acquire skills, and cultivate dispositions conducive to one’s own well-being and to the well-being of those with whom one interacts. Thus, despite the greater visibility of social development during the first few decades of life, individuals of all ages continue to develop.


Life Satisfaction Young Worker Social Security Benefit Mandatory Retirement Active Life Expectancy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence W. Smith
    • 1
  • Thomas L. Patterson
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Igor Grant
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Management PsychologistsSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatry and Research ServicesVeterans Affairs Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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