Late Adulthood_soc emo_BB2_Fall09

Late Adulthood_soc emo_BB2_Fall09 - Late Adulthood Social...

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Late Adulthood Social and Emotional Development
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Crisis at Other Ages? Crisis at Other Ages? Late Adulthood?
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Stigma? “Was the Savings worth the cost?” Fears, losses, uncertainties Opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth “Imagine how different our views of ourselves would be if we grew up in a society where it was desirable to be – and even look – old!”
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Everyday Intelligence and Wisdom Everyday Intelligence Elderly perform better, the same, or worse than younger adults depending on type of problem. Wisdom Peaks in old age – Solve ambiguous problems, good judgments and decisions Composed of cognitive components and personality traits (Sternberg). Is maintained over time. (Figure 14.9)
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The stability of wisdom across adulthood
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Older adults: Show greater wisdom than younger adults when problem is relevant to older people’s lives. Can be more insightful in areas where experience is a good teacher. Sometimes demonstrate greater social
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