Aging is typically understood to mean the changes that occur, over time, in a living organism—or the degradation of function that accompanies the passage of clock time. The fields that study aging are divided into two general areas: geriatrics (the medical/psychological facets of aging) and gerontology. The field of gerontology is divided into three subareas: biomedical aging (the study of biological age-related changes in the body), psychosocial aging (the study of age-related psychological and social changes over time), and health planning and social policy (the study of aging as it relates to such areas as Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, end-of-life challenges, and health care disparities and access).

Trans people face many of the same aging-related challenges as other individuals. However, they also have many unique ways of ...

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