Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories


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The idea that aging is genetically programmed to occur with time, and that this process of deterioration eventually leads to death is known as the _____.

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1. As Gretchen has gotten older, her doctor has emphasized the importance of eating fruits rich in antioxidants in order to counteract the damage that free radicals in her body might cause, leading to premature aging. Gretchen's doctor appears to subscribe to _____.

2. Which of the following is NOT a type of damage theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This assessment covers the similarities and differences between programmed theory and damage theory. Be sure to understand which theory is based on genetic factors and which one on external factors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Genetic influence on aging
  • Environment influence on aging
  • How the two theories differ and interconnect

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding programmed theory and damage theory
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as genetic and environmental influences on aging
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding damage theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the relationship between the two theories

Additional Learning

To learn more about programmed theory and damage theory, review the accompanying lesson called Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determining each theories position
  • Distinguishing environmental factors from genetic factors
  • Identifying similarities and differences amongst the theories
  • Identifying corresponding sub-theories