J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2004 Jun;8(1):33-36.

Concept and Model of Successful Aging

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


Normal ageing processes composed by biopsychosocial aspects. Successful ageing means the integration and dignity through the maintaining quality of life with good physical status, mental functions and self performances throughout the old age. Normal ageing processes composed by biopsychosocial aspects and will be completed through biopsychosocial and spiritual maturation. Of course, ageing as a physical changes is relatively important compared with ageing as a psychosocial changes because physical illness are serious and will ultimately kill us. But for the maintaining active and creative ageing, we must keep in mind with having positive cognition for ageing and preparing the problems with psychosocial ageing through increasing cognitive functions, role responsibilities and dignity. And also, we should accept even death through holy spiritual life.


Successful ageing model; Biological; Psychosocial; Creative; Spiritual concepts
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