Middle Adulthood Case Study

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ASSIGNMENT 7.1 Physical and Cognitive Changes in Midlife

Growing older appears to be inevitable but growing up is absolutely a choice in my opinion.
We may not be able to stop the physical or cognitive changes we experience in Middle adulthood, but we can ensure our psycho-social development remains by bracing for these changes and accepting our mortality. Theodore Roosevelt once said,” The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams, the old servants of regrets, only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.” Embracing for middle-age begins with understanding and identifying changes that occur, physically, socially, and mentally during this period of life.

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Whether it’s taking on more of a caregiver role, visiting them in long-term care, or becoming more financially responsible for their day to day needs, this added role can be very stressful. Finding resources and support is a priority to ensure these caregivers do not experience burnout. Some ethnic groups have a harder time than others, letting strangers come in and provide assistance with their parents and may cause feelings of guilt. Obtaining medical advice and/or educational handouts on how to administer medications, joining a caregiver’s support group, or talking with social workers at possible assistant living, long-term care facilities can help reduce some of the stress. Being open and honest with themselves about their own limitations is crucial as well. Some physical, mental, or social changes within themselves may limit their ability to care for a sick or aging love one. Making the best possible decision sometimes mean reaching out to other family members or friends within their local community to assist them in the process. Another stressor can be as we see more woman competing in various workplaces, both sexes may feel an increase strain to perform, advance, and further themselves compared to their peers of the past forty years. Lastly, with changes in family dynamics …show more content…
Embracing who you are, who you’ve become, and your limitations can be quite freeing, as one in this age group I find this to be the greatest period thus far. No longer am I unsure of what I can accomplish but the question is now how much. Middle age is no longer something to fear, dread, or regret but a beautiful company of survivors. Oscar Wilde said once,” The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything” (phrases and philosophies for the use of young, 1894) I guess that’s the crystallized intelligence working for

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