Human Development

1. Describe the biological, psychological, and social changes that occur late and very late adulthood.

2. Compare and contrast the theoretical approaches of Erich Lindemann to that of J. William Worden. It should be clear how they differ from one another.

3. Discuss a challenge or issue facing older adults today (i.e. – ageism, elder abuse, health care costs, financial insecurity). The challenge you describe does not need to have been discussed in the textbook. Please note the source of the information if you discuss an issue not identified in the textbook. Then, discuss two resources (formal or informal) discussed in the textbook that can help meet the needs of older adults.

4.Discuss the ways cultural differences shape our mourning rituals, traditions, and behavioral expressions of grief. Compare and contrast your own family’s cultural rituals related to grief to a cultural ritual.

5. Discuss the demographics of the older population including race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. For example, you might discuss racial and ethnic differences in poverty rates among older adults. You also might discuss gender differences in life circumstances of older adults or how life expectancies vary. Be specific.

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