Psychological Development Across the Lifespan

Later Adulthood (60 and Older)

How has aging in America changed in recent years?

One way that today’s elderly have adapted to the profound social changes of the past several decades has been to increasingly engage in activities previously associated with younger age groups. Advances in medical technology have increased the health and physical strength of older people, making such endeavors possible. Exercise classes for senior citizens, continuing education for retired people, volunteer jobs for older people, and even elder hostels for adults in late life who want to travel, have all grown to meet this change in the social role of adults in late life.


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