Physical Development

Physical Development in Later Life

                                                  Physical Changes in Later Life Average age in many Western countries is currently rising at a steady pace. In the United States, for example, the proposition of the population sixty-five or older has risen from about 4 or 5 percent in 1900 to about 12 or 13 percent now; and this figure will increase to almost 20 percent when the baby – boom generation born during the 1950’s and 1960’s turns sixty five. Similar trends are occurring in many other developed countries. These trends make it particularly important to understand physical changes during the later decades of life. Stereotypes suggesting that people in their sixties, seventies, and eighties are generally frail, in poor health, and unable to take care of themselves turn out to be largely false. In the United States a very large… Read More »Physical Development in Later Life

Physical Development during Middle Life

Physical Development during Midlife By the time people turn forty, they become aware of the age-related changes occurring in their bodies. Cardiac output, the amount of blood pumped by the heart, decrease noticeably, and the walls of the large arteries lose some degree of flexibility. As a result, less oxygen can be delivered to working muscles within a given period of time, and even people who exercise regularly become aware of some decline in this respect in this respect. They simply can’t do quite as much as they once could. The performance of other major organ systems, too, declines, and an increasing number of people experience difficulties with digestion. Other changes are readily visible when middle-aged people look in the mirror: thinning and graying hair, bulges and wrinkles in place of the sleek torso and… Read More »Physical Development during Middle Life

Physical Change during Early Adulthood

                                         Physical Change during Early Adulthood Physical growth is usually complete by the time people leave their teens; but for some parts of the body, the process of aging actually begins long before this time. For example, the lenses in our eyes begin to lose flexibility by the time we are only twelve or thirteen years old. For some people, the tissues supporting their teeth have already begun to recede and weaken even before they have attained full physical maturity. So, aging, like growth, is a continuous process that starts very early in life. Such change occurs quite slowly at first, but then proceeds more rapidly in later decades. Muscular strengths, reaction time, sensory acuity, and heart actions and output are all at or near their peaks through the mid-twenties and then decline- slowly –… Read More »Physical Change during Early Adulthood

Physical Development during Adolescence

 Physical Development during Adolescence The beginning of adolescence is signaled by a sudden increase in the rate of physical growth. While the growth spurt occurs for both sexes, it starts earlier for girls (at about age ten or eleven) than for boys (about age twelve or thirteen). Before this spurt, boys and girls are similar in height; in early phases, girls are often taller than boys; after it is over, males are several inches taller, on average, than females. This growth spurt is just one aspect of puberty, the period of rapid change during which individuals of both genders reach sexual maturity. During puberty the gonads, or primary sex glands, produce increased levels of sex hormones, and the external sex organs assume their adult form. Girls begin to menstruate and boys start to produce sperms.… Read More »Physical Development during Adolescence

Physical Development during Early Years

                                       Physical development during early years Physical growth is rapid during infancy. Assuming good nutrition, infants almost triple in weight and increase in body length by about one-third during the first year alone. Although infants are capable of eating immediately, they have limited capacity for what they can consume at one time-their stomachs will not hold very much. They compensate for this by eating small amounts frequently, about 2.5 to 4 hours.  At birth, babies have a little ability to regulate their own temperature; in fact, they can’t maintain a normal body temperature by themselves until they are about eight or nine weeks old. So, it’s important to keep them warm- but not too warm! Reflexes: At birth newborns possess several simple reflexes – inherited responses to stimulation in certain areas of the body. If… Read More »Physical Development during Early Years