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.
Physical development
There are many factors that affect physical and cognitive development in most people as they reach these stages in life. First, one can explore the physical affects. As people begin to get older it is almost inevitable to notice the physical changes to one’s body take as people age. Although some may age quicker or slower than others depend on the environment one lives in and/or one’s genetic background. Slower metabolism, loss of organ functions such as eyesight and hearing loss and even gender specific ailments such as erectile dysfunction in men and menopause in women. These changes have no bias regarding race, ethnic background or social-economic class, as one gets older the body starts to change. Although many of these changes are biological in nature, there are certain things to do that can decrease or speed up these changes and some are passed down by generations. Studies show that 4 out of 7 men will inherit the gene from a parent. Although, this is something that can and most often is passed down things such as high exposure to sunlight, poor diets, lack of care and exercise can considerably affect hair loss. Unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, poor diets, obesity and lack of exercise can also have a significant impact on physical changes. The Life Insurance Foundation for Education said that the leading cause of death...