Normal Aging Continued

Biologic and physical functioning depends on

  • Genetics
  • Environment exposures
  • Disease states
  • Behaviors


Normal aging can be difficult to distinguish from long-standing diseases that worsen as we age, such as atherosclerosis or benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Falls are NOT a normal part of aging, but their frequency increases as we age due to several risk factors that we will discuss.


Kahn JH, Magauran BG, Olshaker JS, eds. Geriatric Emergency Medicine: Principles and Practice. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press; 2014.