Ever Active

Positive gerontology = successful aging + productive aging + civic engagement (Johnson & Mutchler 2014)

  • Successful aging is occurring at the intersection of good health, high physical and cognitive functioning, and active involvement in social activities. Rowe and Kahn’s (1987, 1997, 1998).

  • The productive aging underscores the multiple ways people contribute to their own health, to their families and communities, and to society as they age (Butler & Gleason, 1985) through participating in these activities.

  • Civic engagement is “an individual or collective action designed to address a public concern or an unmet human, educational, health care, environmental, or public safety need” (U.S. Administration on Aging, 2006).