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ABS395 - Old age as a cultural and historical phenomenon and its transformation in modern times

3.4 Transformative agency
1:30 PM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (20 minutes)
Old age, like any other age, is a cultural and historical phenomenon. In the culture and mass consciousness, the viewpoint about elderly and old age as the period of involution is still prevalent. At the same time, there has been a change in attitude toward this age. Many authors emphasize the perspective of using the potential of older people in society, the value of continued employment to maintain social and intellectual activity in old age. This is possible only if a person realized the need for continuous creation of themselves and their living conditions. 
Currently, the ending of the life of modern people has moved from 60 to 80 years. Thus, after retirement, the person has a chance to live around 20 years of valuable productive life. This means that contemporary people’s life path has a completely new period, which did not exist before. At that time, when the previous life attitudes were realized, the person opens up new possibilities of self-development in other areas. People, in their life, become able to realize the potential of self-development and to resist the pressure of adverse cultural forces. At any age, the opinion about people’s abilities has a significant impact on the life efficiency and quality. Conscious and productive change in the trajectory of person’s own life path not only questioned the idea of the inevitability of negative changes in the quality of life in old age, but also "removes" the problems of this age, as constant depression, deficiency and weakness. 
Moscow Psychological-social University

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