Discuss the differences between primary and secondary aging.

#1. The percentage of middle adults who have a significant health concern has increased in the past 15 years, projecting that the next generation of older adults will be less healthy than the current generation. Why is this so? Discuss the differences between primary and secondary aging. What are some methods for slowing the aging process? What health and preventative measures can people in middle adulthood practice to maintain physical, psychosocial, and cognitive well-being into older adulthood? (USLO 8.1, 8.2, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7) [the best answer will also include: health concerns in middle adulthood; exercise, nutrition, and weight; contributors to aging; sarcopenia; cognitive development/function in middle adulthood; brain function; sleep; male and female sexual and reproductive health; the climacteric and sexuality; stress; friendships; social relationships and stress; stress management and coping strategies] —————————————————————————————————-
#2. Social connection and health go hand in hand. How is it that social relationships create a buffer against negative psychological and health outcomes, from heart attacks and premature death to depression and the common cold? Conversely, what are the effects of poor social connectedness in middle adulthood? Now apply this knowledge to the current COVID pandemic: With increased social isolation, what specific ways would you recommend for adults to re-establish, maintain, or create social connections (even if from a physical distance)? (USLO 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7) [the best answer will also include: health concerns in middle adulthood; friendships (internet & work friendships); marriage; divorce; social relationships and stress; stress management and coping strategies; religion & spirituality]

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