Age And Self-Esteem

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Age Is More Than A Number
With the growth in the older adult population and trying to prevent physical disabilities in later years, body image and self-esteem have been linked. The relationship among older adults is not receiving proper attention. A better understanding of the meaning of body image, of the factors that influence the meaning, and of how these relate to older adults ' self-esteem may help older adults develop a positive body image that will contribute and enhance their quality of life.
Physical appearance is an essential aspect of a woman’s gender role to the extent that attaining the ideal appearance improves chances of security, intimacy, success, and life satisfaction (Heinberg 1996; Rodin et al. 1984). Moreover, the ideal
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Although few studies have provided a clear indication of changes in self-esteem across the lifespan, a large cross-section study of 326,641 individuals aged 9–90 years suggested that during adulthood, self-esteem rises gradually until the age of 65 years, and that it declines sharply after 70 years of age (Robins et al. 2002). Several reasons for these age and gender variations have been proposed. Spousal loss, decreased social support and a fall in socioeconomic status these are thought to contribute to the observed decline in self-esteem in later …show more content…
The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity. There are many benefits for older adults when performing physical activity. It helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones, reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes. Physical activity can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension. Also helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength. It reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being. It helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints and helps control joint swelling and pain associated with

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