The ecology of optimal aging. Larry W Lawhorne, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatrics Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Dayton, Ohio. AP Story on a dayton TV Website 1/12/2010.
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Larry W Lawhorne, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatrics
Wright State University
Boonshoft School of Medicine
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From the Greek: οἶκος, "house"; -λογία, "study of."
The scientific study of the relationship of living organisms with each other and their surroundings.
Patterns of high fertility and high mortality rates Patterns of low fertility and delayed mortality
Leading causes of death shifting from infectious disease and acute illness chronic disease and degenerative illness
3.1 million in 1900
36 million today
72 million in 2030
4 million today and 20 million by 2050.
If the pace of increase in life expectancy in developed countries over the past two centuries continues, most babies born since 2000 will celebrate their 100th birthdays.
The Lancet, 3 October 2009
…means that many in this very large cohort of Americans marching toward 100 years of age will have multiple chronic degenerative medical and neuropsychiatric conditions.
One of the relationships between the aging, aged organisms in the population of Homo sapiens currently existing in the habitat known as the United States of America with younger organisms in the same habitat may be unsustainable.
To define, describe, work toward, commit resources to, etc making optimal aging synonymous with good health so that as we age,
No matter how hard we try. And we try hard.
Is the reason for this some breakdown in the plot of evolution, which seems to have come to a halt before completing the work of making humans both perfect and immortal?
Published by Pantheon
Aging is primarily a women’s issue.
Successful aging: minimal interruption of usual function although minimal signs and symptoms of chronic disease may be present.
(Using this definition, about 50% of older adults age successfully.)
Successful aging: Doing the best with what one has.
(Achieving the highest practicable level of physical, mental and psychosocial well being.)
Pulls together data from 3 separate longevity studies (beginning in their teens, following 824 individuals for more than 50 years):
The book beginswith an all-inclusive definition of aging that suggests decay,change, and continued growth. It ends with an admonition thatthe final "task of Integrity is acceptance of one’s oneand only life cycle as something that is to be and that permitsno substitutions."
Major factors in avoiding dementia or Alzheimer's:
Suggests that living a fulfilling and worthwhile life and altering our own lifestyles and those of our children so that old age need not be an inevitable slide into ill health and mental confusion, but instead, years of productivity in which intellectual and spiritual vigor and good health are retained.
Insightfulness, which is based on knowledge and the ability to comprehend complex constructs and to use dialectical and relativistic modes of thinking
Comprised of ego processes, including emotional balance, attachment, and integrity, which are all based on self-knowledge
Focus on justice, generosity, and compassion…”character”
I could give all to Time except – except
What I myself have held. But why declare
The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There
And what I would not part with I have kept.