WHAT IS AGEING?
Ageing is a slow phenomenon. Word AGE-ING depicts that Ageing is a continuous process. Since this a slow process, hence the signs also appear slowly. Signs appear when due to some cause or the other, functioning of one or more organs of the body is affected. Most of the scientists believe that Ageing starts after the age of 30 years but it is variable when the functioning of an organ would be affected.
Any organ in the body consists of large number of cells. Even if there is destruction of some of the cells, it may not affect the functioning of the organ because every organ has its own reserve of cells.
All organs are not affected at the same time and similarly the affection of the organs over the period of time are variable, thus the time of appearance of the signs which are specific to an organ are also variable.
To diagnose the affection of an organ with specific signs may be easy and similarly its treatment but when multiple organs are affected, the signs are also multiplied. Some of the signs are common to one organ or the other, thus in an individual when multiple organs are involved there is a mixture of signs which makes it difficult for the physician to make out the diagnosis of a disease or other diseases.
This Association is of a opinion that when there is involvement of at least three organs in an individual, one is labeled as AGED, who may need special investigation to find out the causes of being aged and the MANAGEMENT.
Because of the involvement of different number of organs and the variability of the depth of the involvement of these organs, there are large numbers of signs which may be noticed and observed by the aged person or by the physician. Some of the signs are enumerated below.
Skin wrinkles because it becomes thinner and less elastic.
Difficulty in starting urination or maintaining urinary flow (in men)
There can be many more signs of Ageing. With the mixture of signs related to different organs, thus ageing is a multidisciplinary disease and similarly the approach for the management of the aged should be multidisciplinary.
It may be possible that in spite of the care of aged by multiple specialists still their may not be any improvement. Under such circumstances other measures namely Indian System of Medicine, Antioxidant therapy, Hormonal Replacement, Stem Cell Therapy, Autoimmune Therapy, PRP Therapy, Telomere Therapy and many other modalities are in practice by different centers for Age Management which is perhaps the future.