PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING

*purely Harrison 19th ed

IMPACT OF AGING ON MEDICINE
 Aging and old age – most significant challenges facing med
 Aging process – major risk factor: underlying ds and
disability (developed countries)
 Older person – act diff to tx  ↓ effectiveness & ↑A/E
 Improved health & extension of lifespan results fro:
o ↑ understanding of the biology of aging
 Modern medicine and healthier lifestyles - ↑ the likelihood
that younger adults will now achieve old age.
o Rapid ↑#of elderly, often w/ age-rt can
overwhelm health care systems.

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