Physical changes can be expected as we grow older. Some of these changes depend on an individual’s genetic makeup, while others are related to lifestyle. Perceptions of aging often differ from reality. Some people believe that getting older results in a more extensive loss of function and physical changes. The dynamics of aging are changing, from a biological and sociological perspective. One of the major influences regarding aging and the perceptions of being old is overall quality of life or more specifically lifestyle choices.
Explain the reasons why someone might be under the impression that old age translates into multiple health conditions.
Describe the differences between normal aging and changes due to health conditions that are common in older adults.
Research general information regarding mortality rates, such as data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Explain how lifestyle choices have influenced older adults, especially throughout their lives.
Describe ways in which older adults are attempting to lessen the risks of age-related health conditions.