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Physiological changes associated with aging and the complications seen in the hospitalized elderly patients
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Physiological Changes Associated with Aging and the Complications Seen in the Hospitalized Elderly Patients Due to these Changes Chapter – 1 Age Related Changes in the Human Body 1. Signs of Ageing The normal aging process in the human body is not a disease, yet involves functional degradation, susceptibility to disease, and progression to the death of the individual.
There are gender differences in the susceptibility to death from aging in humans. The susceptibility is higher in the male gender than in the female gender (Moody, 2006, p.29). The human body is a functional system. In evaluating the consequences of aging, the concept of failure in the system becomes relevant. From the perspective of the reliability theory, failure of the human body system is the outcome of deviation from the “optimistically anticipated and desired behavior” (Gavrilov & Gavrilova, 2006, p.45-46). There are two most often used classification for this failure in the human body. They are degradation failures and catastrophic failures or fatal failures. Degradation failures are those failures in the human body, wherein a component or group of components of the human body no longer functions at the proper levels. Catastrophic failures or fatal failures in the human body occur when a component or group of components in the human body cease to function. The development of age related impairments of health in terms of diseases and disabilities are examples of degradation failures in the human body, while death of the individual is an example of catastrophic or fatal failure. ...
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