Janet Dolores. Vlha, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursDouglas Clough
400 W Culvert St
Zelienople, PA 16063
- tuesday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
- BlueCross BlueShield
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How does exercise affect mobility in older people?
Men and women age 65 years and older who exercise have a lower risk of losing mobility. One of the fears of aging is being unable to perform simple physical tasks, such as climbing stairs. A four-year study that monitored 6,981 men and women found that increased physical activity fostered a significant improvement in independent mobility.
What really causes aging?
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answered
There are a multitude of different mechanisms and biological processes that cause aging. However one important one that should be mentioned is homeostasis.
The concept of homeostasis is very important to the biological human aging process as homeostasis is important in maintaining the body in equilibrium by aiding in the support of the body’s functions, by providing protection from traumatic experiences, facilitating movement, mineral storage and blood cell production. However, the body’s ability to maintain itself at equilibrium decreases over the life span. This mean that as an individual ages the body’s ability to sustain its functions in a normal range decreases. Although every individual experiences homeostasis it can vary from individual to individual. Homeostasis is not to be mistaken by symptoms of abuses and misuses of the body. For example, someone who experiences repeated physical traumas, whether moderate to severe, over an extended period of time results in damaging the ability of the body to maintain normal ranges. Thus, this individual is more likely to deteriorate bio-physically when compared to someone who has not experienced such traumas. Homeostasis is the concept by which the body’s ability to recover from a decline or incline in functions is described. However, this decline or incline must be for a short period of time in order for no long-term damage to occur. For example, as one ages the amount of fat that the body is able to store reduces causing the body to work harder at keeping itself in a normal range. However, maintaining this normal range doesn’t happen as all the functions that would normally be notified of the deviation from the normal range have slowed down making it harder for the body to restore itself to normal. Essentially, the body’s ability to maintain itself in equilibrium can keep the body’s neurological functions working normally and as appropriated. However, a deviation for an extended period of facilitates the aging process because the body’s processes are slowing down and simultaneously working hard. Essentially, with the decline of homeostasis comes aging, as certain body functions are no longer working at the normal range.
Can anyone become famous over 50?
Discovery Health answered
"You're never too old to make a mark. Consider these late-in-life success stories:
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- Julia Child: She began her long-running PBS program 'The French Chef' at 51, more than a decade after she learned to cook at the celebrated Cordon Bleu cooking school in France.
- Peter Mark Roget: The esteemed British scientist in his retirement organized lists of similar words, creating the first edition of Roget's Thesaurus, published when he was 73.
- Mahatma Gandhi: At 61, Gandhi led the 200-mile Salt March protesting the salt tax the British imposed on the people of India. The three-week march is considered a pivotal act in the quest for Indian independence.
- Doris "Granny D" Haddock: At 89, Haddock began walking 10 miles a day in 1999 to raise awareness of campaign finance reform. The 14-month walk covered 3,200 miles between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
- Ray Kroc: At 52, Kroc, then a milkshake-machine salesman, helped turn McDonald"s from a small chain of restaurants into the famous fast-food franchise.
- Grandma Moses: Anna Mary Robertson Moses began painting at 76, when her arthritis prevented her from holding an embroidery needle. With no formal training, she painted more than 1,000 paintings in 25 years and was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as museums in Paris and Vienna.