Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Adjustment to Aging

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_71-1



Adjustment to aging is a concept based on different theoretical models, ideas, underlying relationships, and research strategies that can help to comprehend the expansion of current and future cohorts in old age (von Humboldt 2016). Adjustment to aging was initially considered as a combination of the person’s adjustments in different areas of experience, namely, religion, recreation, economic security, employment, family, and friends, together with the overall happiness and satisfaction of the person with his or her situation. Based on the idea of balance, the establishment of the concept of adjustment to aging highlighted that it should be examined as a dynamic process (Burgess et al. 1948).


The most pertinent theoretical models related to adjustment to aging only became noticeable after the Second World War. Subsequently, correlates and effects of adjustment to aging (e.g., psychological and environmental...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISPA-Instituto Universitário William James Center for Research LisbonPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sofia von Humboldt
    • 1
  1. 1.ISPA-Instituto UniversitárioWilliam James Center for ResearchLisbonPortugal