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Chapter 7 Physical Health and Well-Being
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Physical Aging Absolute Life Span: maximum number of years an individual can live (around 120) Life Expectancy: average number of years someone is expected to live based on year of birth (currently 76, with women at 81, and men at 75) Sometimes physical declines can be due to: disease, poor diet and exercise habits, smoking, stress, etc. Mortality differences are evident by ethnic origin
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The Aging Body Some changes are observable, like wrinkles, graying hair, stooped posture, hearing and vision declines, etc. Others are more subtle, such as declines in homeostasis, organ reserves, immune response, neural speed Chronic vs. Acute Conditions Health status has improved greatly over the past 50 years, with gradual declines over age 75 95% of elders live successfully in the community
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Heart Disease Atherosclerosis: fat and cholesterol line the walls of arteries, leading to poor circulation Hypertension: high blood pressure Thrombosis: blood clotting which can lead to heart attacks and strokes Genetic predisposition, obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, Type A personality and excessive alcohol consumption are all linked to coronary disease
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course ACC 201 taught by Professor Mr.ishbo during the Spring '10 term at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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