Age-Related Changes and Biological Theories of Aging Quiz

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Which layer of the skin contains connective tissue?

Dermis

Which layer of the skin contains subcutaneous fat?

Hypodermis

What are the age-related changes in the skin?

Thinning and loss of elasticity

What happens to the nails with aging?

They become harder and brittle

What contributes to the changes in the skin due to aging?

Environmental exposure to sun and wind

What happens to hair with aging?

It becomes thinner and grays

What are the age-related changes in the musculoskeletal system?

Decrease in stature and posture

What does muscle atrophy lead to with aging?

Reduced strength

What is the clinical significance of cardiovascular changes with aging?

Decreased responsiveness to pain

What are the age-related changes in the respiratory system?

Stiffening of trachea and rib cage

What are the two main types of theories of aging?

Stochastic Theories and Nonstochastic Theories

Which type of theories propose why the body functions in the physical way it does?

Biological Theories

Which theory suggests that each cell has a natural life expectancy and stops replicating after a set number of replications?

Nonstochastic Theory

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the digestive system?

Decreased peristalsis in the esophagus

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the urinary system?

Decreased bladder capacity

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the neurological system?

Decreased number of dendrites

What age-related change occurs in the immune system?

Immune function declines

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the immune system?

Decreased response to foreign antigens

Which system is the largest organ in the body?

Integumentary System

Which of the following is a risk factor for serious respiratory infections in older adults?

Decreased immune function

What are the three layers of the skin?

Epidermis, Dermis, Hypodermis

Which theory suggests that aging is caused by the accumulation of errors in DNA & RNA synthesis?

Stochastic Theory

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the digestive system?

Decreased peristalsis in the esophagus

Which theory suggests that aging is caused by the wear and tear on the body over time?

Wear and Tear Theory

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the neurological system?

Decreased number of dendrites

What age-related change occurs in the musculoskeletal system?

Bone density decreases

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the immune system?

Decreased response to foreign antigens

Which of the following is a risk factor for serious respiratory infections in older adults?

Decreased immune function

Which of the following is an example of a stochastic theory of aging?

Free Radical Theory

What is the main premise of nonstochastic theories of aging?

Each cell has a natural life expectancy

Which system in the body is the largest organ?

Integumentary System

What are the three layers of the skin?

Epidermis, Dermis, Subcutaneous Fat

Which theory suggests that aging is caused by the wear and tear on the body over time?

Wear and Tear Theory

What is the clinical significance of cardiovascular changes with aging?

Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases

Which theory proposes that the visible signs of aging, such as grey hair, are the result of the accumulation of errors in DNA & RNA synthesis?

Stochastic Theories

Which age-related change is commonly seen in the musculoskeletal system?

Muscle atrophy

Which age-related change is commonly seen in the immune system?

Decline in immune function

Which age-related change is commonly seen in the integumentary system?

Changes in the skin

Which of the following age-related changes contributes to urinary incontinence?

Decreased muscle tone in the bladder

Which of the following age-related changes affects absorption of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals?

Changes in motility and surface area of the small bowel

Which of the following age-related changes leads to constipation?

Decreased muscle tone in the large bowel

Which of the following age-related changes affects balance and increases the risk of falls?

Decreased tactile awareness

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a decreased ability to fight infection?

Decreased immune function

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a more acidic environment in the stomach?

Decreased gastric motility

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a decrease in brain size and weight?

Decreased dendrites

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a decrease in neurotransmitter levels?

Decreased neurotransmitter levels

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a decreased ability to react to stimuli?

Decreased nerve endings in the skin

Which of the following age-related changes is associated with a decreased ability to fight infection?

Decreased immune function

Which layer of the skin contains blood vessels and nerves?

Dermis

What age-related change occurs in the nails?

They become more brittle and develop ridges

What age-related change occurs in hair?

It becomes thinner and grays

What age-related change occurs in the cardiovascular system?

Enlargement of the left atrium

What age-related change occurs in the musculoskeletal system?

Decreased muscle strength

What age-related change occurs in the respiratory system?

Stiffening of the trachea and rib cage

What is the clinical significance of cardiovascular changes with aging?

They lead to rapid decompensation

What are the implications of age-related changes in the integumentary system?

Increased risk of skin infections

What are the age-related changes in the urinary system?

Decreased kidney function

What are the age-related changes in the immune system?

Decreased production of antibodies

Which of the following is a common age-related change in the digestive system?

Decreased thirst sensation

What is the recommended daily fluid intake for older adults?

1500 - 2000 mL

What is the most common type of urinary incontinence?

Urge incontinence

What are the negative health consequences of urinary incontinence?

Increased risk of falls and pressure ulcers

What are the measures to reduce urinary incontinence?

Scheduled voiding and bladder training

Why is it important to maintain fluid balance in older adults?

To prevent dehydration

What are the implications of age-related changes in the integumentary system?

Skin irritations and pressure ulcers

Which of the following is a leading indicator of health status in older adults?

Nutrition

Which of the following factors can impact the nutritional status of older adults?

All of the above

What is xerostomia?

A condition in which older adults have dry mouth

Approximately what percentage of men and women over 60 are edentulous (without natural teeth)?

22.3% of men and 21.1% of women

Which of the following is a recommended practice for promoting nutritional intake in older adults?

All of the above

What is dysphagia?

A condition in which older adults have difficulty swallowing

What is a recommended practice for preventing aspiration in persons with dysphagia?

All of the above

Which of the following is a measure to address urinary incontinence in community dwellers?

Encourage the older person to empty the bladder before, after meals, bedtime & whenever the need arises.

Which of the following is a risk factor for fecal incontinence?

Diabetes

Which of the following is a sleep hygiene recommendation?

Limit caffeine intake before bedtime.

What percentage of community dwellers experience fecal incontinence?

2-17%

What are the stages of sleep during the sleep structure?

Stage 1 - Lightest level, Stage 2 - Onset of sleep, Stage 3 & 4 - Deepest & most restorative, REM - 25% of sleep

What is the recommended amount of exercise for older adults per week?

150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise

What is the prevalence of fecal incontinence in long-term care residents?

50-65%

Which of the following is a risk factor for fungal infections in older adults?

Obesity

Which of the following is a symptom of venous insufficiency?

Clear fluid weeping from tissue

What is the most appropriate intervention for a pressure ulcer that exposes muscle and bone?

Restoration of circulation through surgery

Which of the following is a symptom of arterial insufficiency?

Skin with a 'punched out' appearance

What is the main premise of nonstochastic theories of aging?

Aging is caused by the natural life expectancy of each cell

What are the two main types of theories of aging?

Stochastic and nonstochastic

Which age-related change is commonly seen in the integumentary system?

Changes in hair color and texture

Which of the following age-related changes affects absorption of nutrients?

Poor nutrition

What are the three layers of the skin?

Epidermis, dermis, hypodermis

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