Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Senescence - Physiology or Pathology

Edited by Jolanta Dorszewska and Wojciech Kozubski, ISBN 978-953-51-3462-6, Print ISBN 978-953-51-3461-9, 164 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published August 30, 2017 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/65533
Edited Volume

In the second half of the twentieth century, life expectancy was prolonged, and the number of elderly people increased. The effect of population aging increases in the frequency of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, epilepsy, and stroke. Also, a higher incidence of infections, autoimmune diseases, and malignant cancers is observed in elderly people. The aging process is difficult to define. Are physiological changes in elderly people controlled by specific genes? Is aging process a pathophysiology affecting different organs with different severity? Finding answers to these questions may help prevent age-related diseases and improve the quality of life of old people. This book was made as a compendium on contemporary challenges in senescence.