Hilliar___Barrow_Chapter_1 - Gerontology The study of human...

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Gerontology The study of human aging process from maturity to old age, and the study of the elderly as a special population Senescence: age-related loss of function due to cellular mutations that accumulate over time
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Aging In America
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Definitions of Aging Chronological Aging : # of years since birth Biological Aging : changes in organs and cells Psychological Aging : changes in cognitive processes and mental functioning, attitude Social Aging : social roles, relationships, contexts
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Perspectives on Aging Biological : genes, lifestyles and environmental influences on aging Sociological : societal norms, cultural contexts, status, population demographics Psychological : cognition, emotions, adaptability, self-concept, lifespan view Philosophical : personal meaning, spirituality, ethics
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Interdisciplinary Fields Medicine, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, Economics, housing, marketing, legislation,
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