Psych Chapter 12- adulthood

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  1. a social organization marked by the supremacy of males in the clan or family
  2. the ability to create, generate, orignate, and produce
  3. a period in middle adulthood when a person's perspective on his or her life may change significantly
    midlife transition
  4. a turning point experienced by many people between ages 45 to 65 when they realize that life may be half over and they feel trapped in meaningless life roles
    midlife crisis
  5. a sense of depression and a loss of purpose that some parents experience when the youngest child leaves home
    empty-nest syndrome
  6. the cessation of menstruation; also the biological changes that a woman experiences during the years of her declining ability to reproduce
    - decrease of estrogen and progesterone 
    - loss in bone density
  7. the view that aging is the result of genetics 
    programmed theories
  8. the view that aging occurs because the body cells lose the capacity to reproduce and maintain themselves as a result of damage 
    cellular damage theories
  9. an unstable molecule present in the human body that it thought by some scientists to be a cause of aging
    free radicals
  10. a possible cause of aging in which proteins within a cell bind together, toughening body tissue and eventually leading to the breakdown of various bodily processes 
  11. a serious loss of cognitive functions 
  12. a decrease in mental ability that sometimes occurs after the age of 65
    senile dementia
  13. an irreversible, progressive brain disorder characterized by the deterioration of memory, language, and eventually, physical functioning  
    Alzheimer's disease
  14. according to Erikson, a strong sense of identity during late adulthood that is characterized by the wisdom to accept the fact that life is limited 
    ego intergrity
  15. a type of care for terminally ill patients; an organization that provides such care
  16. the act of killing or enabling the death of a hopelessly sick or injured individual in a relatively painless way; also called mercy killing 
  17. legal documents in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means if disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery 
    living wills
  18. suffering from the death of a loved one
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Psych Chapter 12- adulthood
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