An understanding of human development cannot be confined only to children and young adults. With the aging of the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), there has been an increasing interest in understanding older adults (those who are sixty-five years of age and older). The challenge for many is eliminating the stereotype (common conceptions about a particular group) and establishing the facts about older adults. The National Institute on Aging has an interesting quiz that tests your understanding of the normal aging process. Google the keywords "What's Your Aging IQ" to take the quiz.
From your perspective, describe some of the common changes facing older adults. After taking the quiz, did your perceptions change or stay the same? Explain your answer. Why do you think it is important to understand the aging process of older adults?
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Before taking the quiz, I assumed some of the common changes facing older adults included a decline in mental alertness or capacities, prone to develop dementia, declines in physical fitness, crankiness or moodiness, greater depression, more tendencies to fall, less likely to operate a vehicle, decline in libido, etc. However, after taking the test (http://www.niapublications.org/quiz/page24.php?), I discovered that I ...
Discuss some common changes facing older adults and stereotypes associated with elderly.