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HUMAN ECOLOGY

ECOLOGY OF AGING

ANNA SINIARSKA and NAPOLEAN WOLANSKI (Center for Scientific

Research and Postgraduate Studies, CINVESTAV, Merida, Yucatan,

Mexico and the Institute of Ecology of the Polish Academy of

Sciences, Warsaw) 2000 • Pages: 220 • Size: 180 × 240 mm ISBN

81-85264-23-6 • Binding: Hard • Price: US $ 65/- Rs. 950/-

(Human Ecology Special Issue No. 8)

ECOLOGY OF AGING

Aging process is a multi-factorial phenomenon. Aging is in fact a series of parallel processes directly or indirectly related to one another. The editors and co-authors N.Wolanski and A. Siniarska have a specific panoramic vision of this phenomena based on over 40 years research experience in Poland, USA, Yugoslavia and Mexico. J.F. Schrootsfrom The Netherlands presents age changes in an individual organism as a system within the more general system of nature. J. Parizkova of Check Republic presents old age in a perspective of development in youth period. Investigators from the U.S. discuss the role of key environmental factors in the aging process: A.T. Steegmann and S. Hewner present the significance of the role of climate and W. Stini describes the influence of nutrition. R.Shephard from Canada describe the influences of movement, and physical and professional activities on the processes of aging. S. Hewner reports on ethnic differences in aging processes. U. Wittwer-Backofen of Germany describes the role of society evaluated from the perspective of one’s lifespan. In the next section D. Karasik, E.Kobyliansky and G. Livshits of Israel describe the processes of skeleton aging. In the final section demographic aspects of aging are reported by A. Drusini from Italy. From different viewpoints, this

international group of scholars illuminate the process of aging; a process common to everyone, independent of their ethnic group, race, religion or social affiliations. Aging is an inevitable process, which only may be delayed. Some of the chapters point to the key role environment plays and style of life. The last chapter presents a proposal for studies on ecology of aging, building on own existing data of A. Siniarskaand N. Wolanski (Mexico and Poland). This chapter is an open invitation for international co-operation on data collected between 1959-1995. Contents.

CONTENTS

PART I: INTRODUCTORY PART - THEORY OF AGING

  1. Progression and Regression in Ontogenetic Development – Ecological Perspective (Introductory Remarks) - by Napoleon Wolanski and Anna Siniarska (Mexico-Poland)
  2. Gerodynamics in Ecological Perspective - by J.F. Schroots (The Netherlands)
  3. The Effects of the Interrelationship Between Diet and Physical Activity on Aging - by J. Parizkova (Czech Republic)
  4. PART II: ECOLOGICAL FACTORS OF AGING

  5. Climate and Age - by Tad Steegman and S. Hewner (USA)
  6. Nutrition and Aging - Aging and Nutrition - by W.A. Stini (USA)
  7. Physical Activity and Aging: An Ecological Perspective - by R.J. Shephard (Canada)
  8. Aging and Working Capacity in Relation to Environment - by R.J. Shephard (Canada)
  9. Biological Impact on Social Strata in Aging - by U. Wittwer-Backofen (Germany)
  10. Ethnic Differences and Aging - by S. Hewner (USA)
  11. PART III: ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN AGING OF STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS

  12. Ethnic and Genetic Factors in Bone Aging – by D. Karasik, E. Kobyliansky and G. Livshits (Israel)
  13. PART IV: PATTERNS OF STUDIES ON ECOLOGY OF AGING

  14. Population Dynamics and Aging - by Andrea G. Drusini (Italy)
  15. Socio-economic and Biological Factors of Aging in Human Populations - by A. Siniarska and N. Wolanski (Poland-Mexico)

Index

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