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Aging

  • By: Jon F. Nussbaum
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Aging is best described as the accumulation of changes over time. Though human aging can be thought of as occurring at every moment of the life span (people exist within a continuous process of change), the term aging has been accepted by the scholarly community as a reference to the changes that occur at the very end of a long life span. Gerontology, which focuses on the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging, and geriatrics a medical subspecialty, are the study of the aging process. While numerous ancient Egyptian and Greek texts, as well as texts or written discussions from the Middle Ages, have been uncovered that discuss both the aging process and how to best care for older adults, the scientific investigation ...

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