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Aging & Ageism

Aging is the process of becoming older or more mature. Aging is a summary term for a set of processes, which contribute to health deterioration and ultimately to death with the passage of time. These proceeses are responsible for such manifestation as increasing risk of frailty, disability, morbidity (age-related degenerative diseases) and ultimately increasing mortality rates.
The study of aging is not simply the study of decline and dysfunction or of disease and disability; it is the study of the normal processes of development. Because of the growing population of people over 65 the subject of aging is getting increased attention.
The challenge we face today is that of extending the active, creative, productive, and healthy middle years of the life cycle. To meet this challenge we must strive to change negative attitudes toward old age and overcome stereotypes many people have about the elderly.

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