This edition: Middle Adulthood: Biosocial Development
This lesson focuses on physical changes during middle adulthood. As adults grow older, biosocial development can no longer be measured by chronological age. During the mid-life period, adults experience signs of aging in skin elasticity, muscle tone, and hair color. They also face declines in eyesight and hearing. Lifestyle choices and health habits can influence how quickly or slowly these declines occur, while genetics also plays a significant role in the variations in health. The lesson explores the ways midlife adults compensate for the physiological declines of aging. Regular exercise and good nutrition can help individuals improve their physical well-being and quality of life during middle adulthood. The lesson also includes a discussion of health concerns, such as the use of hormone replacement therapy by women experiencing menopause, the prevalence of osteoporosis, and the effect of diminishing levels of testosterone on men.