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HLTC22H3 (102)
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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Anna Walsh

HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND OPTIMAL AGING Chapter 1- Introduction and Basic Concepts In Aging - how we age and the rate at which we age are balanced between resources to which we have access and our exposure to various toxins, both of which are, in part reflections of the choices we make - psychosocial gerontologists have focused on describing what happens cognitively, emotionally, and socially as we age; identifying factors that promote +ve aging or increase the risk of –ve aging - biogerontologists focus on describing what happens at the molecular, cellular, and organ system levels; models emerging in that field emphasize factors that affect rate of aging - health psychology & behavioural medicine provide clear documentation that psychosocial factors can affect physical health - the only problem that is necessarily related to older men is neuronal slowing; memory problems, problems in grip strength, and decline in cardiovascular output is only seen in older men with subclinical disease not healthy old men - gerontology has recognized that interdisciplinary endeavours are required for understanding the aging process - many studies have demonstrated that many of the cognitive and physiological declines associated with normal aging can be reversed - age; number of years person has been alive cohort; group of people who share the same bi
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