In an era where individuals sixty-five and older are living longer, it is important to delve into factors that contribute to seniors ageing well and functioning in society. Although images in society have depicted seniors in a less than positive light, the “new generation” of individuals sixty-five and older are not subscribing to societal dictates. Todays’ seniors are defying previously held beliefs and creating their own truths and realities. Cooley’s theory of symbolic interactionism is in question. The image that society portrays of seniors is not the image that they are reflecting. The “new generation” of seniors are redefining the looking glass self.
|Keywords:||Symbolic Interaction, Ageing Well, Seniors|
Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontology, York College (City University of New York (CUNY)), Valley Stream, NY, USA