This is the stage from 40 through 65, and according to WHO, and our last stage before entering middle-age. In Middle Adulthood, we are still considered young by today’s standards! However, it is the time when we begin to notice the aging process because there are more physical changes than in Early Adulthood. One of those changes is the loss of skin elasticity. People during this stage also lose some flexibility, and women most often go menopause. Menopause generally happens between ages 41- 60. If a person is going to make an adult life-changing decision such as sexual identity or a career turnabout, this is the phase in which they usually do it.
During Middle Adulthood our bodies usually begin to slow down and we become more sensitive to diet, stress and our need for sleep. From the beginning of this stage, we can expect to lose about one centimeter of height per decade. The aging process begins to become more noticeable in women than in men because more women have osteoporosis. Besides that, menopause can cause side effects. Natural fertility is one of them, but most women don’t care by the time they reach Middle Adulthood. But women do care about thinning hair, sleeping badly, increasing waistlines, body aches, mood changes and hot flashes. However, not all women feel all of these symptoms, and there are some obvious benefits to menopause. You are considered to officially be in menopause only after your menstrual periods have stopped for a full 12 months. It takes the average woman about five years total to go through menopause. Most of us also care about thinning lips, so if you don’t want to be seen as lipless when you become a senior citizen, you might want to change your habits to try to keep them plump as long as possible. Drinking from straws, smoking, and chewing the inside of your lip all increase a breakdown of collagen, which results in lip thinning. So does too much caffeine and simply not drinking enough water. As you get really older, your teeth will probably wear , causing your lips to sink in, so start taking care of your teeth while you are still in this stage of life.
Both men and women will probably not only undergo changes in their skin and hair but also in general physical fitness, meaning their aerobic performance during this phase. It is during this phase that smart people make sure they adopt healthy eating, drinking and exercise habits. It’s like putting money into a savings account in order to guarantee a fun retirement. Health problems like cancer, hypertension and diabetes may appear. The risk of breast cancer in women increases, but it is still not high until a woman hits her seventies. People in Middle Adulthood usually have a very small amount of cognitive loss. Cognitive loss is an impairment and it means that we begin to have some trouble learning new things, concentrating, making decisions or remembering little things. This loss is usually not a big life-changer because people develop strategies to compensate for any decrease in mental abilities. That’s how smart phones and their apps help keep us young. It is rare to find a person in Middle Adulthood who does not use a cell phone as a trusty calculator, for business and social connections, and often to connect some dietary, exercise or health management issues as well. This is a good time of life to begin to make a mental list of things we would like to develop when we retire. If we play around with these ideas for the next couple of years, they will probably spawn other ideas, and eventually get you looking forward to retiring.
Middle Adulthood is also a stage in our lives when we have to learn to deal newfound family relationships. That can mean learning to interact with grown children or stepchildren, both of which are always a challenge, or coping with aging parents, which is an even bigger challenge. If you find yourself caring for an aging relative, you can make it into a meaningful learning experience. It can be the time to get back to the importance of family and love, to let go of pettiness and envy, and perhaps, in certain cases, ask for forgiveness or forgive somebody.
People usually continue to develop their careers during this phase, but their focus often shifts. Many Middle Adults begin to focus more on inner satisfaction than a desire to advance. It is a time when we evaluate accomplishments, and many people often become more involved in their communities. Psychologists say that few people actually have a “mid-life crisis” and most who claim they do or did are faking it. Middle Adulthood, in reality, is a time of contentedness and stability. It is a stage in life of great self-assurance and authenticity. It is a phase of being comfortable with oneself, and surrounding yourself with people you are comfortable with. Most people have most things about life figured out by Middle Adulthood. But not everyone; Middle Adulthood is the stage in life that has the highest suicide rates, at least in the United States.
FYI is an acronym, and an acronym is a word formed by combining the first letters of each word of a name, such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that is frequently seen in the news. Another one you probably know is AIDS, which is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Sometimes acronyms are pronounced as a word as in NATO and AIDS, and sometimes the letters are pronounced individually, such as FYI (for your information). And most of the time they are not even pronounced, as they are used mostly in social media, business communication and Internet. But we do hear CNN (Cable News Network) reporters saying ASAP frequently, which means As Soon As Possible and is hard to pronounce.
Sometimes acronyms become words, such as the word scuba. Everybody knows that word, but few know it started out as an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
Another acronym that became a word is laser, which began as the acronym Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Most of us are very pleased that these two words became acronyms.
For now, try to incorporate FYI and ASAP into your daily communications, and don’t spend too much time remembering what AIDS and LASER and SCUBA really mean. But you should be able to recognize NATO as it has become a big issue in North America and Europe.
Here are six business acronyms that you should know if you are a businessperson, and maybe aspire to if you are in middle management. Which one would be the lowest stress and the highest salary?