Session 4b: Aging and Longevity – Essentials
1. Learning Objectives
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
Describe the biology of aging at the molecular, cellular, systemic, and evolutionary levels
Distinguish between primary and secondary aging and explain the relevance of each to clinical geriatrics
Identify selected biomarkers for longevity and describe how they may be used to manipulate life expectancy or lifespan
Differentiate between clinical preventive services as applied to older adults and their younger counterparts
Speculate on what accounts for the extreme longevity of the oldest old
Westendorp RG. What is healthy aging in the 21st century? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 83(2):404S-409S, 2006 Feb.
Perls T. Terry D. Understanding the determinants of exceptional longevity. Annals of Internal Medicine. 139(5 Pt 2):445-9, 2003 Sep 2.
3. Additional Resources
Armbrecht, HJ. The biology of aging. Journal of Laboratory & Clinical Medicine. 138(4):220-225, October 2001
The Biology of Aging. Merck Manual of Geriatrics