What is the impact of life transitions within the context of overall lifespan development and why are these events so disruptive at times? The traditional life cycle of human beings includes infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging, but passage through these straits of change are often downplayed or ignored by those with authority.
Realizing optimal health is a goal for us all. The more robust we are, the more we can achieve what we want in life. Yet vulnerable groups, including veterans, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities, generally participate in wellness programs and health screening activities to a lesser extent than the able-bodied population. Too often, the communication of health-promotion messages is inaccessible to disabled persons and other marginalized populations. So too, health promotion providers focus on an individual’s disability while overlooking societal barriers to wellness.