Middle Adulthood as a Twentieth Century Phenomenon in Western Culture

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Middle Adulthood as a Twentieth Century Phenomenon in Western Culture Middle adulthood is a 20th century phenomenon in Western culture. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years, but now life expectancy has increased- people are living longer and more professionals are studying life during this age period. Between the ages of 35-64, there are vast changes in many areas of their lives. Stress is anything that causes a change in your body. The most obvious changes related to lifestyle in middle-adulthood include: physical development and health, marital status, family, career and finances …show more content…
The second phase, stage of resistance, is if the stress continues, the body adapts to the stressors. Changes at many levels take place in order to reduce the effect of the stressor. The stage of exhaustion is the last stage, where the body's resistance to the stress may gradually be reduced. This means the immune system, and the body's ability to resist disease, may be almost totally eliminated. People with long-term stress may succumb to heart attacks or severe infection due to their reduced immunity. The body gives signals to let one know he/she is experiencing stress. Stress may emanate from various sources and manifest in many behaviors such as sleep disturbances, depression, headaches and backaches, fluctuations in appetite, inability to concentrate, fatigue and exhaustion, etc. The key is to learn what triggers one's personal stress and practice techniques to create a balance. One of the major aspects of middle adulthood is the physical and biological changes that occur in the body. In general, concerns about health rises in the middle years, but some view physical development as being abrupt and stressful. Their thoughts about health often tend to be more negative than positive, expressing fears about future health, "probably more because they experience
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