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In this interdisciplinary text, Lewis R Aiken examines the elements that influence people in the later stages of life. Beginning with an historical overview of gerontology, the author discusses both pragmatic and philosophical concerns within the field. Factors impacting the process and results of ageing are carefully outlined and address such areas as biology, psychology, sociology, economics and politics. The interpersonal variability of the older population is stressed throughout the book, recognizing gender, ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Each chapter concludes with: a thorough review of the material covered; a series of questions and activities designed to enhance the learning experience; and a list of sugges

Physical Structure and Functioning
Physical structure and functioning

Chapter Outline

Although aging is inevitable in all living things, it is not a uniform biological process. There are marked inter- and intraspecies differences in the rate of aging and the life span. The types and magnitudes of the changes in physical structure and functioning that occur as an organism matures and ages vary greatly from species to species and from individual to individual within a given species. In addition, biology does not act alone in affecting ...

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