A considerable amount of literature in the past few years suggests that successful aging is the absence of physical and emotional disabilities, but new research suggests that perceptions of older adults about the aging process are more important than the influence of illness and physical disability and depend on attitude, resilience, optimism, and coping style. When those issues are taken into consideration, an older person can often control successful aging. This chapter explores the various studies suggesting a wide range of definitions of successful aging. The chapter discusses the notion of successful aging and the psychosocial factors that contribute to successful aging. Impacting successful aging are indications of resilience and the ability to cope well with life stressors. Considerable research suggests that more people are resilient in the midst of crises and at-risk life conditions than had previously been thought. The chapter ends with a personal story about successful aging.
Great strength and much knowledge is required for the acceptance of old age as part of life.
Beyond what a person's relationships and environment may have influenced, the attitude that a person have regarding life and its stages is very important. Living responsibly, giving the best to others and trying to maintain a positive attitude become key so that the retrospective that accompanies old age is synonymous with a happy aging.