What exactly is human ageing? Can it be slowed down? These questions have puzzled scientists and laymen alike for generations, and continue to do so today. The author addresses these thought-provoking issues by challenging pre-conceived notions of age-perception, age-acceptance and inter-age relations. Pertinent matters of age-related communication are dealt with, and the reader is treated to a grand tour of the latest theories of ageing, age-related biological changes and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease. Here, the author's expertise in age-related eye diseases truly comes into its own.
Weale's unique work not only underlines important genetic and avoidable risk factors but gives ample consideration to possible consequences stemming from different early lifestyles. Readers will re-consider their ideas of what it means to age, and gain a better understanding of what can and cannot slow down the process of ageing.
Contents: What's the Problem?Language as a BarrierDress and AppearanceDigging Up the Past, or, Where Do We Come From?Ageing FactorsGuessing by ExpertsMore About the Skin, Posture and BonesBiomarkers, or, The Countdown to the End — Men and Women, Life–Expectancy The Eyes Have ItThought for FoodWhy Do We Age? Is It a Matter of Biological Economics?ElementsSome Age-Related Diseases: Risk FactorsThe End of AgeingWhat Can We Do About All This?Summary of Chapters 1–15Old AgeBiomarkersThe MenopauseAge is the Distant PastHow Does Human Ageing Fit Into the Animal Scheme?From End to StartReadership: General public; people interested in the topic of ageing.