Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 19, 2008

AGEING

AGEING

 

Ageing is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object __________ time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand as time goes by , __________ others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow __________ age, whereas knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand. Research shows that __________ late in life potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development. Ageing is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and social conventions. Age is usually measured __________ full years — and months for young children.

The term “ageing” is __________ ambiguous. Distinctions may be made between “universal ageing” (age changes that __________ people share) and “probabilistic ageing” (age changes that may happen to some, but not necessarily everybody as they grow older, __________ as the onset of Type Two diabetes). Chronological ageing, __________ to how old a person is, is arguably the most straightforward definition of ageing and may be distinguished from “social ageing” (society’s expectations of how people should act as they grow older) and “biological ageing” (an organism’s physical state as it ages).

Differences are sometimes made between populations of senior citizens;divisions are sometimes made between the young old (65-74), the middle old (75-84) and the oldest old (those aged 85 and above). However, sometimes chronological age does not correlate perfectly with functional age, i.e. two people may be of the same age, but differ __________ their mental and physical capacities.

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