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Aging and Changes in the Body


Aging is a normal part of living and affects everyone physically, socially and psychologically.  Many changes occur not only in outward appearances but also within the body systems.  Biological aging revolves around the physiological changes that occur throughout the various systems in the body.  It is believed that biological aging results from wear and tear on the body, chemical changes in the body, inability to fight diseases, changes in the structure of skin and collage, and changes in cells and tissues.  Social aging refers to age-related changes in an individual or in society wherein certain expectations of pre-determined behavior are imposed.  This includes problems such as multiple losses, retirement and age discrimination, health and economic aspects of one’s life. All can influence how and how well an individual travels along the aging highway.  Psychological aging refers to changes in behavior and mental processes, which can impact a person’s ability to adapt, adjust and cope with changes.  Other conditions that can have an impact are learning abilities, depression and dementia.

There are also changes in cognitive reasoning, personality, and senses.  Basic needs remain the same but the challenge to fulfill them increases, as the aging person faces changes in function, social interactions, life situations and financial security.

People’s reactions and coping abilities vary considerably from individual to individual.  By understanding the aging process and the challenges it presents, Caregivers of all kind can help seniors come to terms with the inevitable and help them attain and maintain their optimum functioning levels.

Please  watch this lovely video “The art of Aging:Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self“- by Alice & Richard Matzkin. A couple, both artists, take a penetrating look at aging through a series of projects that confront their fear and curiosity about growing old. They explore physical changes, sensuality and relationships, aging parents, spirituality and death. Drawing on their personal experiences and the wisdom of older mentors, they conclude that their elder years can be a time of ripening and harvest rather than stagnation and despair. The profusely illustrated book contains a wealth of inspiration, especially for those about to enter old age.



  1. Sep 2, 2011
    11:24 pm

    Ruby Smith

    Thank you for such a wonderful video!!!

  2. Sep 23, 2011
    10:43 am


    This was so helpful my grand mom just moved in with my family and we’ve been having trouble dressing her. After reading this I started searching and I found a lot to choose from.

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