Late Adulthood And Death Of An Individual Across The Life Span Development Process

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Late Adulthood and Death
Stephanie Bohle
University of Phoenix

Late adulthood is a time to reflect back on one’s life, travel, spend time with friends, family, grandchildren and maintaining ones health for the years to come. During late adulthood an individual’s family history of genetics play a major role in ones quality of life in their final years, such as if you have a significant family history of myocardial infarctions later in life, increases the probability of you developing heart disease which often leads to a myocardial infarction. Developing a heart healthy lifestyle diet can assist in the prevention of developing heart disease. In this paper I will examine late adulthood and death of an individual across the life span development process. Discuss ageism and stereotypes, evaluated how an individual can promote ones health and wellness to mitigate the negative effects of aging, Analyze the importance of relationships and social interactions nearing the end of life. Finally I will identify cultural and personal attitudes related to death and dignity in late adulthood.
Ageism is known as a prejudice or discrimination based solely on one’s age. Similar to sexism and racism, ageism involves holding negative stereotypes about an individual based on them being a different age. Gerontologist Robert N. Butler was the first to use the term ageism when he was describing the discrimination against individuals within late adulthood. In modern day the term

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