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Aging and Changes in Lean Body Mass
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This 5 page report discusses changes in body composition are known to occur during aging. In particular, a decrease in lean body mass (LBM) and an increase in fat are characteristic of the aging process. Decreased lean body mass occurs primarily as a result of losses in skeletal muscle mass. Age-related loss in muscle mass is also known as “sarcopenia.” This report also presents the ways in which healthy LBM can be maintained and what that means for the aging human body. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Filename: BWkinesi.rtf

Aging and Cognitive Development: Maintaining Mental Agility
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A 6 page discussion of the relationship between cognitive function and age. In the past a consensus has existed in the scientific community that declines in cognitive function is an irreversible impact of age, that mental frailty is an inevitable part of late adulthood. Today, however, developmentalists seem to be altering this attitude to one which recognizes that an individual’s participation in certain activities can have a positive impact on the retention of mental agility. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
Filename: PPeldCog.rtf

Aging and Health Care
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A 6 page discussion of the health care system as it addresses the elderly patient. The number of elderly patients in our population is increasing at a phenomenal rate. Our health care system, however, does not always address the needs of those patients in the most exemplary manner. The relationship between aging, quality of health care, and even health care utilization is integrally tied to a number of societal factors. These factors include cultural differences, our perceptions regarding the elderly, and even politics and the economy. Utilizes information gleaned in an interview with an elderly patient to reiterate these concerns. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: PPmedAge.rtf

Aging And Nutrition
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A 6 page paper. The US Census Bureau reported there were more than 35 million Americans over the age of 65 in the year 2000 and those over the age of 85 are the largest growing population. The data regarding the proportion of seniors who do not have adequate nutrition on a daily basis is alarming. This paper explores the data and the reasons so many of our elderly do not receive adequate nutrition. The writer also reports the most recent guidelines regarding a proper diet for persons over 65. These guidelines include recommendations for food categories and for specific vitamins. The results of a lack of these daily nutrients are included. B Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: PGafnut.rtf

Aging and Senility
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A 5 page overview of the myths and misperceptions regarding senility. Senility is not an unavoidable result of aging. Through education we can overcome these myths and live a better quality of life. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: PPeldSen.rtf


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