This edition: Late Adulthood: Biosocial Development
Physical functioning in late adulthood can vary greatly between any two people. This lesson discusses the realities of aging in terms of physiological changes and declines. Older adults are especially likely to stay active and happy if they accept the challenges of growing older with positive lifestyle choices. Ageism, or negative stereotypes based upon chronological age, is also discussed, as are the normative processes of primary and secondary aging. The growing specialty of gerontology is presented, and the genetics of aging and the possibility of enhancing longevity are addressed.