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Physical Development in Late Adulthood - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Use this chapter to explore how genetics, exercise and diet can influence our life span and find out what happens to our appearance, sleep patterns and appetites once we reach age 65. Instructors can also help you differentiate between a normal decline in cognitive abilities for this age group and the disruptive effects of dementia. If you're up for it, you can also weigh in on the debate over whether genetic traits or general wear and tear on our bodies determines the rate at which we age and eventually die. Lessons in this chapter can teach you the following about development in late adulthood:
- Physical and sensory-motor changes
- Nutrition and fitness concerns
- Health treatment options and costs
- Symptoms and causes of dementia
- Theories of aging and death
|Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors||Learn the differences between life expectancy and life span. Discuss factors related to living a longer life.|
|Sensory and Motor Changes in Late Adulthood||Understand the various physical changes that occur during late adulthood, including sensory and motor changes.|
|Physical Appearance and Sleep Patterns in Late Adulthood||Discuss the changes in appearance and sleep patterns that occur during late adulthood.|
|Health, Fitness and Sexuality in Late Adulthood||Examine dietary and exercise concerns in late adulthood. Discuss the development of sexuality during this stage.|
|Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging||Study examples of dementia. Identify common causes of Alzheimer's disease.|
|Health Care Treatment in Late Adulthood||Learn about health treatment options and health care costs in late adulthood. Examine the differences between hospitals, hospice care, nursing homes and other facilities.|
|Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories||Differentiate between damage theories and programmed theories used to describe the causes of aging and death.|
1. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors
Everyone wants to live forever, but the truth is that we all have only a limited time to be alive. In this lesson, we'll look at life expectancy and life span, as well as factors that can influence how long a person lives.
2. Sensory and Motor Changes in Late Adulthood
As people age, their senses change and dull. But why does this happen? In this lesson, we'll examine the changes in the brain and nervous system that cause a decline in sensory perception in later life.
3. Physical Appearance and Sleep Patterns in Late Adulthood
As people age, they experience many changes in their bodies. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the changes in physical appearance that happen in older adulthood, as well as how people's sleeping habits change in late life.
4. 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.
5. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging
In this lesson, you will learn what dementia is and is not through definitions and examples. You will also examine Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia and memory loss in the elderly.
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.
7. Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories
We all grow old, and we all die. Let's explore the possible forces that are at work in this process. Is it predetermined how fast we will age and when we will die, or is it dependent on the amount of damage our cells are exposed to?
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Other chapters within the DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Domains of Human Development
- Research Methods and the Study of Life Span Development
- Theoretical Foundations for Life Span Developmental Psychology
- The Impact of Genetics in Human Development & Psychology
- Prenatal Development Concepts
- Childbirth and Newborn Characteristics
- Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Childhood
- Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood
- Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
- Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence
- Psychosocial Development in Adolescence
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Adulthood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
- Death and Dying: Stages and Psychological Impact
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology Flashcards