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Ch 7: The Aging Process

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Watch entertaining video lessons developed by expert instructors to learn more about the aging process. This chapter explores topics that include human longevity, programmed-cell-death and mental health concerns in late adulthood.

The Aging Process - Chapter Summary

The aging process is something no person can avoid. Learn the characteristics of this process and how it affects individuals in late adulthood by reviewing this chapter's video lessons. Examine the emotional, sexual and psychological changes adults experience as they age, and learn the factors that impact illness and death. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Discuss how the body and mind change in adults as they age
  • Describe ways diet and exercise impact health and how sexuality changes with age
  • Share how living cells age and eventually die
  • Differentiate between the concepts of health and illness
  • Identify genetic and environmental factors that impact human longevity
  • Provide details about illness, disease and health care treatment for older adults
  • Explain ways older adults can be impacted by major mental health issues

All lessons in this chapter are available in two formats: videos and transcripts. Watch entertaining video lessons to strengthen your knowledge of the aging process with help from fun visual and audio effects. Review the full transcripts if you prefer to read the lessons and want the option of printing them to take additional notes. With each lesson is a short quiz you can use to gauge how much you understand about the aging process. If you need help understanding any topic covered in this chapter, don't hesitate to send your questions to our experts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Aging Process
Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

1. Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

As an adult you establish a unique identity, reach the proverbial midlife crisis, and eventually succumb to old age. In this lesson, learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that take place along this journey.

Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

2. Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

As people age, their bodies change. But what does that mean in terms of health, fitness, and sexuality? Watch this lesson for information on how diet and exercise impact health and how sexuality changes in late life.

Theories of Aging: Rate-of-Living, Cellular & Programmed-Cell-Death

3. Theories of Aging: Rate-of-Living, Cellular & Programmed-Cell-Death

This lesson focuses on various theories of how living cells age and die, resulting in the people with those cells aging and dying. We'll look at broad definitions, as well as some of the popular sub-theories.

Health & Illness of the Aging Population: Definition & Trends

4. Health & Illness of the Aging Population: Definition & Trends

In this lesson, we will examine the changes that occurs to the immune system as a person ages. In addition to this, we examine the difference between what it means to be healthy and what it means to be ill, as well as different types of diseases that may afflict you.

Human Longevity: The Influence of Genetic & Environmental Factors

5. Human Longevity: The Influence of Genetic & Environmental Factors

Here we will discuss the human life span, with specific interest in average life span by gender, as well as what factors are likely contribute to lengthening and shortening a life span.

Health Care Treatment in Late Adulthood

6. Health Care Treatment in Late Adulthood

As people age, their bodies change, but what exactly does that mean in terms of health care? Watch this lesson to find out more about illness and disease in late adulthood, as well as the types of health care facilities often frequented in later life.

Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

7. Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

Everyone forgets things sometimes, but as people age, they often have trouble with memory and other cognitive processes. Watch this lesson to find out more about two types of thinking problems, frontotemporal and multi-infarct dementia.

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