Life span developmental theory describes both gains and losses associated with aging

Life span developmental theory describes both gains and losses associated with aging

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Life span developmental theory describes both gains and losses associated with aging. From a life span developmental perspective, researchers tend to consider the potentials as well as limits of intra-individual change across the life span. Due to a combination of influences, many developmental outcomes are possible for each person, some outcomes are more likely than others, some outcomes can be made more likely, and some outcomes are not possible. From a life span orientation, the understanding of specific aspects of human aging are best understood in a larger context that includes the influences of biological and socio-cultural factors across time and age. No one is born old, and individuals become more unique as they grow older in part because of particular histories of life experience. During a person’s life an individual is shaped by how they spend their time and energy. The life-span approach to the study of aging is one way of to come up with many of the factors that affect how individuals change as they grow older, and how different individuals show different patterns of change with aging. Plasticity refers to the potential for intra-individual change. Intra-individual plasticity is evident when there is variability in levels of performance across different kinds of tasks or when there is variability in performing the same task measured at different times or under different conditions. Even the mature adult brain retains considerable functional plasticity, and there is continued
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