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Adulthood - Adulthood 1 Identify the major physical changes...

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Adulthood 1. Identify the major physical changes that occur in middle and older adulthood. The barely perceptible physical declines of early adulthood begin to accelerate during middle adulthood. For women, a significant physical change of adult life is menopause, which generally seems to be a smooth rather than a rough transition. In later life, declining perceptual acuity, strength, and stamina are evident, but short-term ailments are fewer. Although neural processes slow, the brain nevertheless remains healthy, except for those who suffer brain disease, such as the progressive deterioration of Alzheimer's disease. 2. Describe the impact of aging on adult memory and intelligence. As the years pass, recognition memory remains strong, although recall begins to decline, especially for meaningless information. Research on how intelligence changes with age has progressed through several phases: cross-sectional studies first suggested a steady intellectual decline after early adulthood; longitudinal studies then suggested intellectual stability until very late in life; today's view is that fluid intelligence declines in later life, but crystallized intelligence does not.
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