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Transitions in Aging

Successful Aging

Successful Aging

Photo of an elderly man grocery shopping independently

  1. Doing things for ourselves for as long as possible
  2. Living in the community instead of in an institution, like a nursing home
  3. Making our own choices
  4. Continuing to participate in activities we like to do

NEXT: Six-Dimensional Model of Wellness

Notes and References

We believe everyone can age successfully by: 1) doing things on our own and for ourselves for as long as possible, 2) not living in an institution for as long as possible, 3) making our own choices and 4) continuing to participate in activities that we like to do for fun.1

So what can we do to make these things happen? Let's work on improving each part of our well-being and, together, positive well-being can help us age successfully.

Next we're going to talk about the different areas of well-being that together make up successful aging. As we continue through this module we'll talk about successful aging by using the Six-dimensional Model of Wellness.2 The six different parts include: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, and occupational well-being.2


  1. Janicki, M.P. (1994). Policies and supports for older adults with mental retardation. In M. M. Seltzer, M. W. Krauss, & M. P. Janicki, (Eds.), Life Course Perspectives on Adulthood and Old Age. (p. 146). Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation.
  2. Hettler, B. (1976). National Wellness Institute: The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model. Retrieved from