Late adulthood (old age) is generally considered to begin at about age 65. Erik Erikson suggests that at this time it is important to find meaning and satisfaction in life rather than to become bitter and disillusioned, that is, to resolve the conflict of integrity vs. despair.It has been estimated that by the year 2030, Americans over 65 will make up 20% of the population. Aging: Late Adulthood. Physical Development in Late Adulthood. The aging process often results in a loss of memory, deteriorated intellectual function, decreased mobility, and higher rates of disease. Learning Objectives. Review the physical and neurological changes characteristic of late adulthood.
Physical Development in Late Adult Functional age is the real competence and performance a person shows, regardless of chronological age. People age biologically at different rates such as young-old elderly appear physically young for their years. Old-old elderly will be fragile and show signs of decline. Late adulthood spans from age 65 to the end of life. There is negativity associated with this stage of life that tends to focus on deterioration, dependency, and end to learning. These myths fail to capture the quality of these decades.
We are considered in late adulthood from the time we reach our mid-sixties until death. In this lesson, we will learn how many people are in late adulthood, how that number is expected to change, and how life changes and continues to be the same as before in late adulthood.