Teaching adults in midlife

Midlife serves as a transition period between young adulthood and later years. During middle adulthood, many individuals have reached the peak in their careers. Because people at mid-life are often confronted with recognizing their own physical changes and their parents‘ declining health, middle aged people may become especially aware of their own goals and values and their own mortality. This realization may either motivate the person to follow recommendations more closely or, if the prospect of mortality is especially threatening, to deny illness or abandon health promotion and prevention practices. During this period, nurses can clarify misconceptions about menopause for both women and men. Patients in this age group are also often open to learning about risk factor reduction for future disease.

Teaching older adults