Adult Development and Aging

3310 WordsOct 2, 200814 Pages
Sue Piasecki Abstract The cyclic process of aging is impacted by our health and physical fitness. Each state of adulthood has its advantages and disadvantages concerning health and physical fitness. This paper covers each stage and the importance of mental and physical health and awareness. Public policy on aging is varied but generally is supportive and provides programs to assist aging adults health and welfare. Adult development varies in different cultures, and is impacted in several areas. I. Early adulthood Using the observation method, this research paper examined early adults in the 20-39 age group begin to transition from early adulthood and into middle adulthood. Young women begin to feel the strains…show more content…
The empty nest is when the last child living at home leaves and only the parent(s) are left in the home. For women this happens around age 40-50 and for men, 55-60. The empty nest is often referred to as “post parental” because it follows the period of in home parenting. This stage in our lives is often viewed as a sad part of our lives when in fact it is not (Bjorklund, B., & Bee, H., 2008). Research has shown that marriages and relationships improve during the empty nest stage. Women have less day-to-day activities to care for and have the opportunity to take on a new career of pursue higher or continued education. III. Late adulthood During the three-hour observation I conducted on the late adulthood domain I recorded the behavior of a couple in their late 80’s. I observed this couple in their assisted living home located in a quiet community for seniors. The couple had been married for 60 years and was still very happy. They had recently moved into their new home about a year ago and reported they were very excited about their new community and friends. They stated they were apprehensive about moving out of their previous family home where they raised their children and grandchildren because of the memories and attachment they had there. Their main reason for the move was to have medical assistance readily available, and the opportunity to have
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