J Korean Med Assoc.  2004 Apr;47(4):351-360. 10.5124/jkma.2004.47.4.351.

Psychosocial Aspects of Normal Ageing

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Severance Mental Health Hospital, Korea. drobh@chollian.net


The normal ageing process has biopsychosocial aspects. The successful psychosocial ageing means the integration and dignity by maintaining the quality of life with a good physical status, mental functions, and self performances through-out the old ages. For this, elderly individuals need the following fourdignity, money, proper medical services, and appropriate works to do. Ageing as a physical change is relatively unimportant compared with ageing as a psychosocial event, although physical losses are serious and will ultimately sacrifice the victims. To maintain active and creative ageing, we should have a positive attitude for ageing and preparing the adversaries from psychosocial ageing such as decreased cognitive functions, role deprivation, loss of dignity, and especially even death.


Ageing; Psychosocial aspects

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Quality of Life


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