An Interdisciplinary Approach to Geriatric Medicine

Book Series: Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume 2


Jeremy W. Grabbe

DOI: 10.2174/97816810845101160201
eISBN: 978-1-68108-451-0, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68108-452-7
ISSN: 2468-2241 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-225X (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

According to the National Institute of Aging there are more than half a billion people over the age of 65 across the globe. This has l...[view complete introduction]
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Physical Changes in Age

- Pp. 25-38 (14)

Daniela Fabiani-Longo, Kayla Bishop, James Mullen, Caitlin Murphy, Jesselee Allen, Virginia Cornelius, Jocelyn Dismore, Kathyrn McGeoch and Jeremy W. Grabbe


There are a number of physical, psychological and social changes that occur with the passage of time. Aging, then, can be understood as the impact of time on our bodies. This happens on multiple levels, such as cellular and hormonal aging, accumulated damage, and metabolic aging. Well-being in late life depends on a tightknit balance of physical, psychological, and social health [1]. If one of these three key components of a balanced life style is disrupted, it throws off the other two. For example, if an elderly individual suffers from flu, that in turn, will affect other aspects of their life. This individual may find it hard to be active when ill, which may lead to negative changes in their mood. In addition, other people may avoid him or her due to fear of catching their illness. This could lead to feelings of depression and social isolation, which may further impair immune system functioning.

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