Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 Psychology 111 Blake Washington Bwash 05639224 December 1 2016 Blake Washington His mind left him a long time ago She just

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Assignment 3Psychology 111 Blake WashingtonBwash05639224December 1, 2016
Blake Washington“His mind left him a long time ago.” “She just doesn’t have it anymore” “His golden years are gone; he’s good for nothing now.” Very often I’ve seen and heard the elderly regarded simply as walking corpses who are cared for by the younger generation while slowly but steadilycounting down their final, unpleasant hours until their inevitable departure looms on the horizon. While there are several seniors who seem to portray that image, can this truly be said for the elder population as a whole? Is aging bundled with the deterioration of the spirit as well as the bones? Is aging an obligation or a choice? While most of us believe the myths we hear every day, there have been much observing, researching, and singing done to uncover the truth behind aging.It has been made apparent by research, and, of course, by our very own eyes, that with aging comes changes in physical health for both males and females. One such physical change isthat the “proportion of body fat tends to increase with age, while the amount of muscle tissue decreases” (Weiten, 2014). Overall, weight increases the most in adults in the mid-50s, but afterward a gradual decline commonly begins. In the movie, [email protected], the lack of muscle tissue is very apparent in the members of the choir, which possesses an average age of 81 (Walker, 2008). The men and women had weak-looking statures with droopy arms riddled with wrinkles and creases. Additionally, the majority of the members were quite small and skinny, which aligns with the research finding as weight is said to decrease after the mid-50s, and the members were far past that age. It has been deducted that aging also affects emotional well-being; according to Michele M. Larzelere, holder of a Ph.D, “older age is associated with more pleasant emotional experiences (fewer negative emotions, sustained positive emotions) and improved emotion
Blake Washingtonregulation (decreased affective and physiological reactivity)” (Larzelere, 2011). It has been found that depression strongly negatively correlates with successful aging (2011), and this was extremely apparent in choir members of [email protected]art. All of the members were always very positive, even in the face of adversity. For example, while Dora and Bob Salvini were practicingthe song “I Feel Good,” a song that they struggled with for weeks, Bob Cilman, the choir director, gets visibly irritated and says sternly “You know what? Forget it. I’m giving up on this

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