Lifespan Development Essay

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Lifespan Development and Personality
PSY 103 (Introduction to Psychology)

Lifespan Development and Personality
Middle adulthood has been seen as a variety of different ages depending on the source you choose to believe. Oxford English Dictionary defines “middle-age” as the period of life between young adulthood and old age, now usually regarded as between about 45 and 60 years of age. The U.S. Census describes middle age as including the age categories of 35-44 and 45-54, and the Collins Dictionary considers it approximately between the ages of 41-60. No matter how it is viewed middle adulthood or middle age is arguably the most defining time of a person’s life.
I will explain the factors that affect physical and cognitive
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There is a saying in the military that a moving body is a healthy body, meaning that exercise can equate to a longer life. Exercise strengthens organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys functions in aging people. Organs such as hearing and eyesight decline and we will lean on devices such as hearing aids and eyeglasses assist in the declination of these organs.
Another development that is affected is one’s cognitive behavior. One’s cognitive behavior can be attributed to their life experiences and environment. As we get older we usually get wiser. An old saying “If I knew then what I knew now” explains that many people growing up in their adolescence and early adulthood may have gained knowledge through education such as mathematics, reading and history. Life is our greatest teacher, and as we get older our experiences and the lesson that we learned from them take a whole new meaning. Experiences such as managing a career and family responsibilities usually simultaneously outweigh the free lance lifestyle of living under the roof of a parent or living a carefree life of a single person. The pressures that come along with just simply living a healthy life and ensure the welfare of a family enable one confidence and gains a sense of empowerment. Assume that a person is unsuccessful in these areas, the psychological effect

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