Late Adulthood Essay

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Key ideas and applicability to social work Very late adulthood is usually considered to be any part of a person’s life following the age of 85. Although this age is considered a standard for very late adulthood, it is simply a chronological marker, and one must take into consideration that the path into this age for each individual is quite diverse. There are biological, psychological, social, and spiritual things that affect whether or not an individual has actually reached very late adulthood. Something that is to be taken into consideration is that people who have lived this long have lived through many different generations. They have been apart of the many different cohorts that developed throughout their lifetime. To go through so many …show more content…
We learn things by listening to their experiences in life; the choices they have made, the things they have lived through, the mistakes they have made. Studies have shown that those who live to be this old have lived very fulfilling and healthy lives and are a more “robust group” of people (Hutchison, 2003, p.408-409). There are two different parts of the aging process that we must take into consideration when studying the very elderly: primary aging, and secondary aging. Primary aging is considered to be a very normal part of the aging process, while secondary aging is based more on the person’s environmental factors and how they have choices they have made for their lives. People usually only live into their very late adult years when the aspects of their secondary aging have been very healthy and intentional (Hutchison, 2003, p. …show more content…
We also must study the different stages of the dying process and how those in very late adulthood deal with their anticipated death. The loved ones of those that are dying have to deal with grief after the loss and it is often our job to comfort and console them as they go through the different stages in coping with the death. There are quite a few different people who have come up with theories regarding the different stages of grief but the one that is most used today was coined by a man considered to be a pioneer in grief research. Eric Lindemann. He states the three different stages as follows: shock and disbelief; acute mourning; resolution. Knowing how to help family and friends through these different stages will be very beneficial to us in our career (Hutchison, 2003, p.

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