Covers the changes that occur in aging in muscles and bones, the nervous system, the senses (vision, hearing, taste and smell) and the skin.
In these classes, we will review the major systems of the body and talk about what you might see in an older adult:
This two part series is designed to provide adult care workers some understanding of what is normal, and what is not.
One can say we start aging the moment we are born. Normal growth and development involves changes in all the body systems. Depending on the stage, change can be dramatic or subtle. Systems can be transformed or stay the same.
While there are a lot of obvious changes early in development, our bodies continue to change and adapt. As we spend more than half our lives as “middle-aged” or older adult, understanding these stages is important to our patients, our parents and ourselves
Remember that everyone is different. How one ages is dependent on many things among them genetics, early development, environment, and existing physical conditions.
Many of the age-related changes of the body take place slowly over a long period of time. What we eventually notice may be the result of a long process rather than a sudden change.
Often, because it is so gradual, we develop habits to compensate for these changes. The change then may seem "sudden" because the compensatory tricks we have used no longer work.
Let’s take a look at some of the major changes in older adults, starting with MUSCLES and BONES ...