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Condition that results from a loss of calcium and other minerals. Results in porous bones

65-Year-Old changes in hair

Grows thinner, goes gray, becomes coarser

Change in Taste

Decline in taste buds. 1/3 buds as young adult

Sleep Apnea

Person often stops breathing during sleep. Symptoms are snoring, gasping, and jumping up to breathe

Older adults and learning

General decline in cognitive function. "Use it or lose it"


Progressive mental deterioration, memory loss, and disorientation regarding time and place


little strokes.

destroys a small area of brain cells

often a precursor of a stroke

James Fowler's Stages of Faith Development

Stage 4:Personal Faith that can be reflected upon

Stage 5:Seeks truth of faith in dialect, multidimensional manner

Stage 6:Committed to selfless, universal goals

Alzheimer's Disease

Degenerative disorder involves deterioration of brain cells


When a blood vessel is blocked or burst, a person experiences a stroke.

Brain cells without blood will die.

Know the signs

Interference Theory

retrieval of the cue becomes less effective as more and newer items come to be classed or categorized in terms of it

Decay Theory

Forgetting is due to deterioration of the memory traces in the brain

Memory Failure

Can happen at any point in information processing.

More likely to happen to geezers

Retrieval Process

Process in which information is regathered from memory when needed

Storage Phase

Process by which info is retained in memory until needed

Encoding Phase

Process by which info is put into the memory system

Integrity Stage

Looking back on life with satisfaction in having led a full life

Or be sad af

Ego Differentiation

Men and women must redefine their worth in terms of something other than work

Body Preoccupation

Being able to get past an aging body and enjoying life

Ego Transcendence

Having the belief that what you have created/accomplished will continue on after you pass

Reorganizer Type of Integrated Individual

A well-functioning old person that is capable of staying active and 'young'

Armored-Defended Personality

ambitious, achievement oriented individuals with high defenses against anxiety and with the need to retain tight control over events.

Holder-On Type of Armored-Defended Individual

view aging as a threat and relentlessly cling to the patterns of middle age as long as possible

Apathetic Type of Passive-Dependent Individual

disengaged from life, seem to "survive" but have medium to low levels of life satisfaction

Unintegrated Personality Type

Show gross defects in psychological functions and overall deterioration in their thought processes. Low life satisfaction

Activity Theory of Aging

The healthiest older people maintain fairly stable levels of activity

Social Exchange Theory of Aging

Maximize benefits, minimize costs

Aging individuals find themselves in a situation of increasing vulnerability because of deterioration in what they have to offer

Modernization Theory of Aging

Less industrialized countries value their elders more than more industrialized ones

Elder Care

Living at home alone

Assisted Living services

Live with Children

Adult day care

Institutional care

retirement communities

group homes

Caregiver burnout

Caregivers of elderly get frustrated and no longer can/want to caregive

Retirement Communities

community full of old people

Adult Day Care

Like daycare for kids, for adults!


Leaving one's 'career' to engage in other paid activities, self-employment, or leaving the workforce completely

"Healthy Dying"

Ending one's life before a terminal illness does

Suicide Ideas

Observation or inference that someone might be moving in the direction of taking their life

Hospice Care

Provides comfortable care for dying people

Brain Death

No activity in the brain

Persistent Vegetative State

Functions of brain stem remain intact, but the person has lost higher functionability

Palliative Care

Attempt to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and is given along with treatment for the disease

Life Review

Reflect and reminisce over one's life

Phases of Adult Bereavement

1. Shock,numbness

2. Pining, yearning, depression

3. Moving on

4. Identity Reconstruction

Death of a Child

Deep depression, anger, guilt, despair

Older Widowed Men in the US

Tend to have the most difficult tie alone

Far less likely than women to receive help

Highest suicide rates

Bereavement Associated with the Death of an Adult's Parents

Important personal and symbolic event

Heightens their sense of mortality

Suicide of a Loved One

Pretty shitty

Consequences of Grief for Survivors

more vulnerable to mental and physical illness