Adult Developments and Aging
Adult developments and aging
An estimate of the health problems of the elderly is paramount because it helps to predict the burden of diseases and also plan for the health care system of the elderly (Bjorklund,2011 ). It is important to keep track of the health dynamics of the elderly to ensure that there is an equitable distribution of health services. In order to ascertain the cognitive changes in the lives of the elderly, I interviewed three clients. Below is the demographic information of three respondents:
Client a: female, 35 years
Client b: male, 73 years
Client c: female, 57 years
My male client in the youth age had a clear conscience and demonstrated a clear memory and reported an ability to retrieve all the information and had not experienced instances of memory loss. However, the respondent reported an inability to multi-task and could only undertake each task at a time. As such, the respondent demonstrated an awareness of activities such as reading and playing soccer could help maintain cognitive abilities.
Client C, who was aged 57 years, had witnessed instances of forgetfulness. Since she is a teacher, she could not remember some of the tasks that she assigned students. She was on the verge of retiring, and therefore her mind was mostly occupied with her investment plans. She could not retain information for a long time, and therefore she had to be reminded most of the things by the students.
My elderly male client who was aged 73 years reported a loss of important cognitive abilities. For instance, she often forgot the names of his grandchildren. Moreover, speech impairment was also evident and could have been as a result of aphasia. From a look, the respondent’s Wernicke’s area of the brain was impaired since both speaking and listening skills were impaired. The client also demonstrated a lack of motor coordination revealing the loss of cognitive abilities.
Bjorklund, B. (2011). The journey of adulthood. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.