Special Issue "Aging and Frailty: An Update about Prevention and Treatments"

A special issue of Medical Sciences (ISSN 2076-3271).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019) | Viewed by 274

Special Issue Editor

Fondazione Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Department of Medical Sciences, Complex Unit of Geriatrics Viale Cappuccini, 1, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo, FG, Italy
Interests: geriatrics; neurocognitive disorders; psychological and behavioural symptoms; information and communication technologies; ambient assisted living
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aging is commonly defined as the accumulation of diverse deleterious changes occurring in cells and tissues with advancing age that are responsible for the increased risk of frailty and death. The immediate consequence of extended life expectancy is represented by the increasing number of older people in developed countries. Between 2015 and 2050, the worldwide population is expected to increase from 900 million to two billion people over the age of 60 years.

Older adults may experience reduced mobility, chronic pain, dementia, or other health problems, or experience events such as bereavement, or a drop in socioeconomic status with retirement. All of these factors can result in dependence, isolation, loneliness, or psychological distress, for which they may require long-term care increasing the social costs.

Several steps toward understanding the aging process and frailty have been taken, but further studies are still needed. In particular, it is important to clarify to which extent and at which price the frailty can be limited or reversed. The biogerontologists have emphasized that the goal of research on ageing and frailty is not to increase human longevity regardless of the consequences but to increase active longevity free from disability and functional dependence.

The central focus of this Special Issue will be to present novel results about the new diagnosis criteria, the effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and potential prevention options.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current nutritional and pharmacological interventions
  • Caregiver burden
  • Factors associated with transitions to care facilities
  • Non-drug strategies (music therapy, pet therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, carer training, regular social activity, etc.)
  • Cognitive and functional rehabilitation
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and social robots

Dr. Grazia D'Onofrio
Guest Editor

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  • aging
  • frailty
  • reduced mobility
  • chronic pain
  • elderly
  • bopgerpmtpñpgosts
  • longevity
  • disability
  • diagnosis criteria
  • prevention
  • pharmacology options

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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