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Abstract

This paper accounts a service learner’s experience at Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) in conjunction with R.J. Havighurst’s Activity theory. There is great significance in researching aging issues and identifying markers of successful aging, as the population is growing older and people are living longer. Activity theory is one approach to successful aging attainment that focuses on participation in activities being continually necessary to the journey of aging. Previous literature examines the activity theory and its emphasis on creating meaning in the lives of older adults. Using research on the activity theory as a starting point, I participated in several activities during my service learning experience. Through my work on the activities I gained a newfound perspective and understanding of older adults. Implications of aging research can influence the way older adults, at all levels of functioning and needs of assistance, are treated and cared for.

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