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date: 22 September 2020

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The intent of this chapter is to provide both theoretical background and context for work and aging issues by briefly reviewing prevalent theories of aging from a diverse array of disciplines (e.g., psychology, biology, sociology), and integrating them with current perspectives on the meaning of working for older workers. This integration is facilitated via the introduction of a newly developed heuristic model that describes how various factors that occur across the life span may serve to influence the meaning of working for older workers.

Keywords: meaning of working, older workers, rewards, expectations, identification with working, psychological theories of aging, biological theories of aging, sociological theories of aging

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