Midlife Lifespan Development (Ages 40 - 65)

Physical Developments

  • Grey Hair
  • Wrinkles
  • Hearing loss
  • Decline in organs: heart, lungs, digestive system
  • Menopause (women)
  • Cancer
  • Low death rate

Diseases

  • Men ages 45 to 65: Most common: Heart Disease, Cancer
  • Women ages 35 to 64: Most common: Cancer
On the Bright Side

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Healthy eating elimanates diseases
  • Exercise changes illnesses such as heart disease and cancer
  • Positivity and upbeat attitudes influences mental and physical health

Cognitive Development

UPBEAT!!!!!

1956 Seattle Longitudinal Study prove that intelligence increases about age 60 http://www.allpsychologycareers.com/topics/middle-adulthood-development.html

Areas of Crystallized Intelligence increased

Crystallized Intelligence: Stores knowledge gained from experience and education: e.g. Math or Chemical formulae, Vocabulary size, Historical dates

On the other hand, Fluid intelligence declined, starting from between the ages of 30 and 40, and continues

Fluid Intelligence: the ability to process quickly and creatively new facts, concepts, and abstract reasoning problems

  • People in their midlife are at the height of their careers, feel empowered, and confident
  • They have the ability to juggle their professional and personal life
  • They can handle stressful situations such as: family issues, financial concerns, children, aging parents

This ability is gained from, experience, flexible thinking, higher levels of intuition, adaptability, and support of relationships

However, the "Downside": The adversive results of not being able to handle the stresses of life can lead to alcoholism, and depression.

Phychosocial

Factors influencing Midlife Development:

  • Loss sense of identity, roles, values, group association
  • Achievements, losses, gains
  • Period of re-evaluation
  • Marriage and relationships
  • Personality traits
  • Time: past and present

Theories for Midlife Development:

  • Eric Erickson theory of Generativity vs Stagnation states that adults at this stage are interested in nurturing the younger generation, if they don't have that opportunity they begin to feel stagnant, and unhappy
  • Personality Psychologist believe personality traits, such as Neuroticism, determine midlife crises for adults. They believe that some personalities are not able to handle this transition phase in their lives. Traits such as moodiness, anxiousness, hostility, self-consciousness, and vulnerability.
  • Adults in this stage want to be in good physical and physchological health and have a sense of social responsibility. Self-acceptance, positive relationships, being in control and being able to overcome challenges are factors at this stage

SPACES FOR THE MIDLIFE ADULT

KITCHEN

Well equipped kitchen: Counter space to prepare and serve food for self, as well as entertaining family & friends, stove & oven, plus out outdoor grill

Spacious Kitchen

LIVING ROOM &EXERCISE SPACE

Comfortable couched for entertaining, plus the huge television

COMFY LIVING ROOM

Huge TV for entertaining

HUGE TV

Space for exercise: To keep fit mentally & physically

EXERCISE SPACE

BEDROOM, BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA

Cozy bedroom with comfortable bed, amoire for television, benches and chairs to relax

COZY BEDROOM

Spacious bathroom: Storage, tub to take a relaxing bath, and dressing area

RELAXING TUB
DRESSING ROOM

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