The Aging Process : An Unyielding Gauntlet Between The Fantasies Of Eternal Youth And Immortality

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I. Introduction Have you ever been told, that you are only as old as you feel? Mark Twain once wrote, “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it” (quotegarden.com). The aging process can be an unyielding gauntlet between the fantasies of eternal youth and immortality. Thesis Statement Although the aging process can be seen visibly, transformations from early though late adulthood can be more easily explained and accepted through the changes in physical, cognitive and emotional changes that every human will inevitably encounter. II. While it is very well known that our development proceeds in continuous stages for some and discontinuous stages for others, our bodies and minds also encounter a wide array of physical changes as we enter early, middle and late portions of adulthood. A. “Although young adulthood is generally a time of peak physical functioning, signs of senescence begin to appear gradually during this life period” (Steinberg, et al., 2010, p.412). Senescence refers to the progression of becoming old. The changes an adult body undergoes is also connected to homeostasis, which implies that there is a self-regulating response for the adult body to remain steady in lieu of the outside environment. As one ages, this function becomes gradually more sluggish.

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