Monthly Archives: May 2014

Heart and breathing rates, blood pressure and medications to regulate

Aging changes many things. Pulse rates typically remain unchanged during normal situations. However, when an elderly individual exercises, it could take longer for that person’s pulse rate to increase and longer for it to slow and get back to normal … Continue reading

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Noticeable changes in body temperature

If you work with the elderly as their caregiver, you know that they always seem to be cold. No matter what time of year it is, they have blankets piled on, heavy sweaters adorning their bodies and the heat is … Continue reading

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How does age affect our vital signs

With all of the evident changes that we have designated taking place in our bodies, it is interesting to think how the changes will affect our vital signs. As the NIH website stipulates: Vital signs include body temperature, heart rate (pulse), … Continue reading

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A slight bit more about hormones

As I have been specifying over the past few days, hormone levels can potentially change as a person ages. Some hormonal levels decrease, while some increase and others stay unaffected. To review, let’s take a look at what the NIH … Continue reading

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Aging changes associated with the reproductive system

As we age, we have discovered that everything from the cellular level up seems to change. This would include the reproductive organs for both males and females thus ovaries (for women that still have them) and male testes. Ovaries are … Continue reading

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Thyroids and age

When I used to think of the thyroid gland, I used to think (the biology specialist that I am) that it was located next to the spleen….oops! It’s not. It is located in our neck. Its purpose is to produce … Continue reading

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How does aging affect hormones?

I thought it very interesting when writing an article about dogs, that I learned that when the hypothalamus  in our brains is finally completely developed (somewhere about or slightly before we turn 25), it already begins to lose some of … Continue reading

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