By Ian Stuart-Hamilton

With the world's inhabitants getting more and more older, there hasn't ever been a extra urgent want for the research of outdated age and growing older. An advent to Gerontology presents a wide-ranging creation to this crucial subject. through assuming no earlier specialist wisdom and warding off jargon, this e-book will consultant scholars via all of the major matters in gerontology, masking either conventional parts, similar to organic and social getting old, in addition to extra modern parts, equivalent to know-how, the humanities, sexuality and schooling of older adults. An advent to Gerontology is written through a workforce of foreign authors with multidisciplinary backgrounds who draw facts from various various views and traditions.

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Lastly, as discussed in Chapter 7, a major concern of older adults is mental health since memory and cognitive impairment are associated with human ageing even in the absence of disease (Arking, 2006; Finch, 1990; Hayflick, 1994). 1). Ageing has been defined as an intrinsic, inevitable and irreversible age-related process of loss of viability and increase in vulnerability (Comfort, 1964). Practically any system, tissue or organ can fail because of ageing (Austad, 1997b; Strehler, 1999). The heart, a critical organ with little room for error or rest, is the organ that most often fails.

Caloric restriction In the 1930s, Clive McCay and colleagues, guided by earlier findings, tested the idea that growth retardation could extend lifespan. They showed in a carefully conducted study that it is possible to extend the lifespan of rats by limiting the amount of calories in their diet while maintaining normal amounts of other nutrients (McCay, Crowell and Maynard, 1935). This phenomenon became known as caloric restriction (CR), or calorie restriction as some call it. Interpreting experimental results is seldom straightforward in biogerontology.

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