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Later Adulthood Essay

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Introduction
According to the Pew Research (2017), “After rising steadily for nearly a century, the share of older Americans who live alone has fallen since 1990, largely because women ages 65 to 84 are increasingly likely to live with their spouse or their children. The likelihood of living alone has grown since 1990 for older men and for women ages 85 and up.
Between 1900 and 1990, the share of adults ages 65 and older living alone increased nearly fivefold, from 6% to 29%. This growth was spurred by a host of factors, including improved health and longevity among older Americans and the economic security that came with social safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare (Stepler, 2016).
As is this the case of the Delany sisters
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The age of 65 has usually been cited as the dividing line between middle age and old age (Santrock 2013, Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016, p.657). Changes in health after 65 years old are normal. It is a process called senescence (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016, p. 658) that affects people in the ageing process in different ways and in different rates. The changes during the adulthood are: the appearance, where the body start aging and wrinkles appear, walking is more difficult, the hair is thinner and one starts losing hair, gray hair will turn in white hair, pain in the muscles, and varicose…show more content…
In that interview, Bessie Delany’s voice tone still was powerful, though sometimes were reduced her pitch range of voice due to that larynx cartilages become harder (and therefore less flexible) with age. However, she impresses for being assertive and also by her ability to recall her story and count it to the interviewer. Though her skin hanging in folds with wrinkles in her face and hands, and having all her white hair, her hearing sense was good enough to hear the voice of the interviewer
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