Adulthood usually spans more than 60 years, starting from the age of 20 and the cognitive changes in those years are many. Individuals are transformed into an “older” “aging,” or “aged,” body at a particular chronological age without any proof that significant changes are occurring at that age, apart from the cultural relocation into the category of the “older” or “aged” may occur at the age of 40 years when age are evident (Hardy, 2006).
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In order to address these issues older adults have regarding the process of aging, health professionals such as nurses must be well-trained communicators and have the skills and knowledge to give insight, educational resources and tools for these people in order to facilitate a better transition into the changes that take place with the aging process as well as retirement.
APA Working Group on the Older Adult (1998). What practitioners should know
about working with older adults. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29, 413-427.