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Human Development
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Introduction Domain Life stages Conclusion

 Middle Adulthood: Ages 40 - 65

 Biological

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Gradual changes continue in appearance of skin, hair, and body shape

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Gradual changes occur in hearing and vision, including presbyopia, the inability to focus on near objects

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Menopause begins in women

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Health and potential onset of disease affected by preventive behaviors, many of which vary by social class

 Cognitive

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Fluid intelligence declines while crystallized intelligence remains steady or increases

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Intellectual abilities dependent on speed and novelty decrease, while abilities involving knowledge about the world and vocabulary increase

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Reaction time and mental processing speed slow

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Short and long-term memory remain relatively stable

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Cognitive abilities related to experience and intelligence flourish, leading to further formation of expertise

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Maintenance of cognitive skills as well as opportunities for intellectual growth impacted by social class

 Psychosocial

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Mid-life crisis occurs in a small minority of cases, because most men and women experience gradual transitions in sense of self and in relationship with the world

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Personality traits tend to remain stable

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Friendship and marriage/partnership continue as primary sources of affiliation

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Marital satisfaction often rises as children move away from home

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Maintenance phase in career may allow for greatest productivity at work, may also cause burn-out

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Experiences of facing age discrimination more likely



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