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1.Summarize the research on the brain and nervous system in middle adulthood.
2.Describe the changes in the reproductive system in middle age.
3.Summarize the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy.
4.Describe the change in the skeletal system in middle adulthood.
5.Identify the changes in vision and hearing in middle adulthood.
6.Describe the health trends at mid-life.
7.Summarize the risks of coronary heart disease in middle-aged adults.
8.Discuss the risk factors involved in cancer in middle adulthood.
9.Describe the relationship between gender and health in middle adulthood.
10.Identify the differences of socioeconomic class and ethnicity in health in middle age.
11.Discuss the issues involved in Internet addiction.
12.Summarize the issues surrounding mental health during the mid-life years.
13.Explain Nancy Denney's model of physical and cognitive aging.
14.Describe the relationship between health and cognitive functioning.
15.Describe the changes in memory and cognition in middle adulthood.
16.Discuss creative productivity at mid-life.
17.Describe the key points in Erikson's theory relevant to middle adulthood.
18.Examine the evidence of the possible existence of a mid-life crisis.
19.Summarize the effects of the overall changes in roles in middle adulthood.
20.Trace the pattern of partnerships in middle adulthood.
21.Summarize the research on the relationships of middle-aged adults with their children and their parents.
22.Describe the results of the empty nest.
23.Describe the relationship between parents and their adult children who live with them.
24.Describe the impact of grandparenting on middle-aged adults.
25.Summarize the issues involved in mother-in-law relationships.
26.Describe the issues involved in caring for aging parents during middle adulthood.
27.Summarize the evidence of who cares for aging parents.
28.Describe the friendships of adults in middle adulthood.
29.Identify the areas of continuity and of change in personality in middle adulthood.
30.Describe the satisfaction with work of men and women in middle adulthood.
31.Identify the processes in optimizing job performance in middle adulthood.
32.Describe the effects of unemployment on middle-aged adults.
33.Describe the preparations for retirement made by middle-aged adults.

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