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The older adult - His contribution to the community of South Africa

Z. Droskie
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 38, No 4 | a908 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v38i4.908 | © 2018 Z. Droskie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 October 2018 | Published: 31 December 1982

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Z. Droskie, S.A. National Council for the Aged, South Africa

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Growing old involves biological, emotional and social changes. Life roles change but will depend on personal life patterns of work and activity, relationships and attitude. There is a loss in activities requiring speed, but a gain in that requiring carefulness, thoroughness and the use of previous experience. Retirement usually results in adjusting to a low, fixed income. Accumulated skills, knowledge, judgement, wisdom and perspective are lost, yet productivity and creativity can be utilised if the older person is allowed to pursue a career pattern suitable to his needs.


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