Older Women II
One of the most obvious characteristics that one observes in a group of elderly women is the vast individual differences that are present. Some individuals seem “old” at 60. Physically they may appear older than their age, and they may move, respond, and think more slowly than their peers. In the same group of people, however, you may see an individual in her 90s who looks and acts 20 years younger. Gerontologists and health psychology professionals are interested in why these immense differences exist in the elderly population.
In this Discussion, consider these issues and think about what might be considered important information for women on the active end of the aging spectrum to know about normal physical and mental changes associated with aging. As a health psychology professional, you have been asked to give a talk to a group of older women, Seniors on the Go, on physical and mental changes that are normal and abnormal over the age of 80.
With these thoughts in mind:
Discussion Question a description of at least three physical or mental health issues you think would be most important to address with the Seniors-on-the-Go group. Explain why you picked these issues. Defend your arguments with citations and references from the current literature. Cite your references using APA format.