Studying middle adulthood is a relatively recent phenomenon. In fact, in 1900 the average life expectancy was 47 years. It has only been since more and more people lived longer and longer that professionals became interested in studying life during this age period.
Between the ages of 35-60, we find vast changes in many areas of our lives. The most obvious changes related to our lifestyle include: physical development and health, career and finances, marraige, and leisure activities. For many, midlife is a time when they start to think about "how much time they have left". Individuals begin to reexamine their lives, their relationships, their work, and even to question the meaning of it all. This process has been referred to as a mid-life crisis. Clearly, middle adulthood is a time change and development. This page will address some of these areas and provide additional links for further information.
In middle adulthood, an important challenge is to develop a genuine concern for the welfare of future generations and to contribute to the world through family and work. Erik Erikson refers to the problem posed at this stage as generativity vs. self-absorption. Robert Havighurst lists seven major tasks in the middle years. • accepting and adjusting to physiological changes, such as menopause • reaching and maintaining satisfaction in one's occupation • adjusting to and possibly caring for aging parents
• helping teenage children to become responsible adults • achieving adult social and civic responsibility
• relating to one's spouse as a person
• developing leisure-time activities
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