Developmental Factors in Late Adulthood

Developmental Factors in Late Adulthood

One of life’s goals will be to grow old and reach senior citizen status, proudly receiving discounts everywhere we go because our age paid the price for it. Personally I enjoy having conversations with the elderly because the amount of knowledge they possess is a scholar’s dream come true. Watching my own Mother age graciously I have begun to notice several developmental changes that she is either refusing to accept or snaps at me like I am a 10 year old child. I completely understand what Lucas is going through with Grandpa Jake, and with the right guidance and patience they will be able to enjoy each other. The first developmental change that I feel causes major concerns for the elderly is physical change. The mind remains the same but the body is unable to keep up, is frustrating. Good health in the mental and physical realm is causes for concern because our immune system stops functioning the way it was designed to (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  The onset of cancer, bone diseases, heart failure, organ failure, and much more are health concerns that we face as we grow older. In hindsight the older we get there should be a reward of good health and a sound mind for going through the test of time. However it is the exact opposite and instead of being rewarded, the elderly are punished with bodies that break down as they grow older.

Brain and cognitive developmental change are extremely hard to watch elderly people go through, especially if you have known them before the change. Grandpa Jake is showing signs of change in his brain, by forgetting names and calling tables’ chairs. “Cognition depends on a healthy and well-functioning brain” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). As a counselor it will sadden me when a client understands their minds are not operating at full capacity. The reality is before the mind completely goes, there are signs that they recognize. For example, knowing a familiar place and how to get there is great, but if the mind forgets in the midst of going to this familiar place the frustration may be devastating. The Manitoba study discovered that most people feel in order to live a life of satisfaction, aging has to be successful which includes “longevity, physical, and mental functioning” (Bowling, 2007).

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