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LATE ADULTHOOD. AGE 65+. PHYSICAL CHANGES. Wrinkles and skin folds Senses become less sharp Reflexes and reaction time are slower Bones are brittle/Joints are stiff Many older people may prefer walking and swimming Immune system becomes weak

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physical changes
PHYSICAL CHANGES
  • Wrinkles and skin folds
  • Senses become less sharp
  • Reflexes and reaction time are slower
  • Bones are brittle/Joints are stiff
    • Many older people may prefer walking and swimming
  • Immune system becomes weak
  • Regular exercise and a healthful diet can contribute to making older adults feel well
cognitive changes
COGNITIVE CHANGES
  • Dementia: major losses in memory (senile after age 65)
    • Speech problems/Can’t perform simple tasks
  • Alzheimer’s: progressive deterioration of memory, language and physical functioning
    • Eventually people become unable to communicate or walk and require help eating
social changes
Social Changes
  • Retirement
  • Grandparenthood
erik erikson
Erik Erikson
  • Ego Integrity vs. Despair
  • Ego Integrity: life is meaningful and worthwhile; able to accept death with composure
  • Despair: life has been a waste of time
successful aging
SUCCESSFUL AGING
  • Ego Integrity
  • More satisfied when financially secure and socially secure
  • Formulate specific goals/accept new challenges
  • Positive outlook