Gender, Physical Activity, and Aging

Overview

Why do women live longer than men? Does ownership of paired X chromosomes confer more prolonged survival on females, or is the gender difference in life-expectancy a cumulative consequence of differing life experiences for women and men? The areas of gender differences in aging, functional capacity, and the response to physical activity have often been the basis for speculation rather than informed judgment.

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Overview

Why do women live longer than men? Does ownership of paired X chromosomes confer more prolonged survival on females, or is the gender difference in life-expectancy a cumulative consequence of differing life experiences for women and men? The areas of gender differences in aging, functional capacity, and the response to physical activity have often been the basis for speculation rather than informed judgment.

Gender, Physical Activity, and Aging draws upon the sound knowledge base of leading investigators to provide objective, evidence-based evaluations of particular facets of the aging process. Focusing on gender differences, it examines the rate of aging, loss of functional capacity, disability, and the quality of life among the elderly and presents evidence of potential modification through physical activity and lifestyle.

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Primarily from the perspective of fields relating to activity and sports, but also from disciplines dealing with the aged, scientists synthesize studies over the past decade or two to explore some puzzles over gender differences in aging and in the impact of physical activity during it. The target readers are investigators in gerontology and geriatric medicine. Among the topics are limitations to oxygen transport with aging, sarcopenia, the aging of joints and the skeletal system, and the aging of immune and hormonal responses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849310270
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/29/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Technical Problems in Comparing Data for Male and Female Subjects, Roy J. Shephard

Physical Activity Patterns, Assessment, and Motivation in Older Adults, Sara Wilcox, Catrine E. Tudor-Locke, and Barbara E. Ainsworth

Constitution or Environment? The Basis of Regional and Ethnic Differences in the Interactions Between Gender, Age and Functional Capacity, Roy J. Shephard

Limitations to Oxygen Transport with Aging, Jack R. Goodman and Scott W. Thomas

Physical Activity, Fitness and Gender in Relation to Morbidity, Survival, Quality of Life and Independence in Older Age, Donald H. Paterson and Liza Stathokostas

Aging of the Neuromuscular System: Influences of Gender and Physical Activity, Charles L. Rice and David A. Cunningham

Aging and Sarcopenia: Influences of Gender and Physical Activity, Mark A. Tarnopolsky and Gianni Parise

Aging, Gender and Susceptibility to Muscle Damage and Overtraining, Peter M. Tiidus

Aging of Joints and Skeletal System: Influence of Gender and Physical Activity, Charlotte F. Sanborn and Maureen J. Simmonds

Aging, Obesity, and Metabolic Regulation: Influence of Gender and Physical Activity, Wendy M. Kohrt

Aging of Immune and Humoral Responses, S. Shinkai

Conclusions: Implications for Health and Society, Roy J. Shephard

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. R.J. Shephard is Professor Emeritus of Applied Physiology in the Faculty of Physical Education & Health and the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He holds four scientific and medical degrees from London University (B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Ph.D. and M.D.) and honorary doctorates from Gent University, Belgium and the Université de Montréal. He is a former president of the Canadian Association of Sports Sciences and a former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Shephard's research has covered many facets of sport, fitness, exercise and environmental physiology, biochemistry and immunology. In addition to being the former editor-in-chief of a variety of sports medicine journals, he is author, contributor, or editor of some 100 books and over 1400 scientific papers on related issues.

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