Effects of Aging on Your Body

Effects of Aging on Your Body


This lesson will look at how the human body changes over time as a person ages as well as identify factors that can affect the aging process.

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Terms to Know
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

    A form of dementia that is caused by a degeneration of neurons and synapses of the cerebral cortex that causes memory loss and other complications as the disease progresses.

  • Andropause

    Referred to as “male menopause”, andropause is when testosterone levels, libido and fertility decline with age; however males are still able to conceive a child (unlike women).

  • Collagen

    The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is a large fibrous structural protein found in many connective tissues.

  • Elastin

    A thinner, “stringier” protein than collagen, elastin allows tissues to be stretched when pressure is applied to them and resume their shape once pressure is relieved.

  • Menopause

    The cessation of menstrual cycles in females that marks the end of her fertility.

  • Senescence

    The technical term for aging.