Adult Development and Aging Essay

3308 Words Oct 9th, 2008 14 Pages
Sue Piasecki
The cyclic process of aging is impacted by our health and physical fitness. Each state of adulthood has its advantages and disadvantages concerning health and physical fitness. This paper covers each stage and the importance of mental and physical health and awareness. Public policy on aging is varied but generally is supportive and provides programs to assist aging adults health and welfare. Adult development varies in different cultures, and is impacted in several areas.

I. Early adulthood Using the observation method, this research paper examined early adults in the 20-39 age group begin to transition from early adulthood and into middle adulthood. Young women begin to feel the strains
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I noticed they were physically slowing down, but were still very active around their home and the husband had recently retired from his second career. In his first career he had spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and his second career, he spent 30 years as a civilian in the Navy. The wife had always been a stay a home mother and had taken part-time jobs here and there to make ends meet. The both exercise regularly, the wife walks daily, and the husband goes to the gym. They also watch what they eat, but as most adults, splurge on a non-healthy meal or desert on occasion. They also travel regularly within their budget, which keeps them active, and from becoming stagnant in their home. Grand parenting is an important part of middle-aged life and ranks as one of the top three in important roles. Three out of four adults in the United States become grandparents prior to turning 65 years old. One in two females experience this prior to turning 54 years old. With the projected increase of longevity in the U.S., it is predicted that we may spend up to half our lives as grandparents (Parenting, 2007). Grandparents today play a much different role than that of two generations ago and the roles that most of us see today. Today’s grandparents live a much more active lifestyle, are more likely to be working and playing more non-traditional roles (Bjorklund, B., & Bee, H., 2008). Another important grand parenting role is that of

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