Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
versão impressa ISSN 0103-166X
SCHNEIDER, Rodolfo Herberto e IRIGARAY, Tatiana Quarti. The process of aging in today's world: chronological, biological, psychological and social aspects. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2008, vol.25, n.4, pp. 585-593. ISSN 0103-166X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2008000400013.
The aim of this study is to indicate aspects that characterize the aging process in today's society, specifically the different conceptualizations used to define this process with regard to the chronological, biological, psychological and social aspects involved. Through this review of the literature, it may be concluded that chronological age is not the only way of measuring the aging process, this being an interaction of complex factors which have a variable influence on the individual and which may contribute to the inconstant inclemency of the passage of time. Thus, biologically, events occur over a certain period of time, but time is not necessarily the cause of these events.
Palavras-chave : Beliefs toward aging; Life cycle stages; Aged.