Gerontology Flashcards

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Alzheimer's disease
An illness associated with aging and characterized by progressive and acute loss of memory
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Research gerontologists
Professionals who study how aging affects people physically, mentally, and socially
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Clinicians and mental health professionals
The gerontology professionals who work with the mental and social aspects of growing older, dealing more specifically with memory, situational awareness, mood, and stress
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Care-taking
The aspect of gerontology, performed by physicians and physical therapists, addressing bodily health
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The diverse field of gerontology can typically be summarized into these three categories.
Policy and program, care-taking, and research
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The three main categories of changes addressed by gerontologists
Physical, mental, and social changes
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Gerontology
the study of how people of middle age or older develop and change as they mature
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Gerontology, or the study of aging and the elderly, remains a fascinating field with relevance to each and every person alive today. What physical, mental, and social changes will we experience later in life? Who are the people working with senior citizens each day to understand their unique experiences and help them to maintain a higher quality of life? These cards will introduce you to the types of changes experienced through the aging process and the many professionals who serve the needs of the elderly and deepen our understanding of the many aspects of aging.

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Gerontology
the study of how people of middle age or older develop and change as they mature
The three main categories of changes addressed by gerontologists
Physical, mental, and social changes
The diverse field of gerontology can typically be summarized into these three categories.
Policy and program, care-taking, and research
Care-taking
The aspect of gerontology, performed by physicians and physical therapists, addressing bodily health
Clinicians and mental health professionals
The gerontology professionals who work with the mental and social aspects of growing older, dealing more specifically with memory, situational awareness, mood, and stress
Research gerontologists
Professionals who study how aging affects people physically, mentally, and socially
Alzheimer's disease
An illness associated with aging and characterized by progressive and acute loss of memory
The brain's ability to form new neural connections, which can affect the degree of memory impairment involved with aging
Neural plasticity
Chronological age
A person's physical age, measured by the number of years, months, and days a person has lived
Biological age
A person's development, which is measured by biomarkers
Biomarker
A molecular or cellular event that can be recorded and helps to determine a person's biological age and development
Ageism
Policy structure or beliefs which assign roles and personal traits to people based on their chronological age without accounting for other personal aspects
Elderspeak
An example of ageism where people talk to senior citizens as if they were children or of diminished cognitive ability
Dementia
Diminished cognitive ability characterized by a severe loss of memory, problem-solving skills, and decision making

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