Chapter 16: Psychosocial Changes in Middle Adulthood
I love the quote at the beginning of the chapter by Howard Thurman; "To accept all experience as raw material out of which the human spirits distill meanings and values is part of the meaning of maturity."
I think it sums up the period of Middle Adulthood perfectly.
This week's assignment question is......What role do social relationships play in the lives of middle-aged people? And how do they compare to the social relationships that were established during Adolescence or Early Adulthood
Chapter 15 Assignment,
Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
Middle adulthood is difficult to define in terms of generalities, since there are so many variations in attitudes and behaviors leading up to this point. Most individuals who reach Middle Adulthood have made consistent lifestyle choices in their early adult years that have dictated their current state of being and if negative (smoking, drinking, over-eating, lack of exercise, etc...) often feel as if they don't have much freedom to significantly change their lives. It usually takes a major health issue to make the decision for them to change.
Similarly, most individuals at this stage of development are also settled in their chosen careers and are thinking about their retirement, or working in a different field and at a slower pace.
Your assignment: Look over the list of sub-categories in Physical and Cognitive Development (below) that are impacted during Middle Adulthood. Pick one and provide me with an overview of what usually happens in this category to the majority of individuals during Middle Adulthood. In your overview please describe what happens and what are some of the early lifestyle choices that people can make to prevent negative issues from taking place.
Here's an example with respect to SKIN. Skin in Middle Adulthood starts to lose its elasticity, resulting in wrinkles, and saggy areas on the body. One option is Plastic Surgery. If this were my topic I would describe in more detail what happens to a middle-aged person's skin and the options that they have to remedy it, including just accepting this change. I'd also add what could be done in Young Adulthood to minimize problems later in life.
Anti-aging effects of dietary restriction
Health and Fitness
Illness and disability
Vocational Life and Cognitive Development
Assignment 9- Different Generations, Different Issues!!
Every 20-30 years or so a new Generation in society develops. Below are a few descriptions of recent generations and their characteristics.
Traditionalists: Individuals in this generation were born prior to the end of World War II (1925-1942), this group also is referred to as Veterans, Builders of the Nation, or the Silent Generation. Individuals from this group are viewed as stable, conformists, and reliable.
Baby Boomers: Individuals in this generation were born between 1943 and 1964, this generation has experienced many of the societal "firsts." Issues such as desegregation and integration, as well as other significant political and cultural changes faced the young adults of this generation. They're now in their 50s and 60s, and are characterized by optimism and a reluctance to grow old.
Generation X: is generally defined as those born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The term has also been used in different times and places for a number of different subcultures or countercultures since the 1950s. Gen-Xers also have been called Baby Busters and the 13th Generation. Now in their mid-20s to early 40s, they grew up in the culture created by the Baby Boomers and have been described as self-indulgent, mobile and materialistic. They have been influenced by technology as well as by shifts in family and societal trends including divorce, two-income households and gender, racial and ethnic diversity. Given this worldview, their values tend toward individualism and self-reliance.
These are several examples of past generations, how they're described, and some of the issues they've faced.
For this week's Assignment, Think about today's young adults and their generation (some, if not most of you are probably in this generation) and do some research on what you feel are some of the most pressing issues facing this generation today.
Come up with a minimum of 4 issues or themes, and please describe each issue in a well-developed paragraph. Don't just list them.
Assignment #12 for Chapters 17
and 18, What Will I Be Like When I Am 80? Everyone has TWO WEEKS to complete this assignment. It's due Sunday, April 24th.
This is what's described as a Projective/Future Autobiography.
We're now covering Late Adulthood, one of the LAST stages of development, and for this assignment what I'd like you to do is write a Projective/Future Autobiography. And because I'm giving you TWO WEEKS to work on this I want it to be of GOOD quality. It should be at least a page in length, well written, and organized, and without spelling errors.
A Projective/Future Autobiography is a description of what you think you're life will be like in the future, and for this assignment what your life will be like when you're 80 years old.
Take some time to think about how you aged. What path did your life take? What was your professional life like? Did you have any health problems, and are they chronic? Are or were you married? Do you have Children? Grandchildren? Try to consider all of the factors that may affect your experience of aging and then describe what your life is like? Include in this description your physical health, your activities, what's keeping you going and healthy in your life, your family and other relationships, and your day-to-day activities. You also might wish to indicate whether any old person that you know now served as your role model (whether positive or negative) as you pondered this self-portrait.
The feedback I've received over the years has been that this activity serves as a good introduction to aging issues and makes many of the concepts we've touched upon more personal in nature. Also, I encourage you to consider ways in which you can increase your chances of still being healthy and functioning at 80.
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