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Do you believe there is such a thing as normal aging? Why or why not?
Many people within the outside field of geriatrics and gerontology use the term normal aging to refer to physiological changes that occur over the passage of time. Read the essay “No truth to the fountain of youth” by S. Jay Olshansky, and answer these questions.
1. Do you believe there is such a thing as normal aging? Why or why not?
2. How do you think the use of the term normal aging might impact the clinical care received by older adults?
3. Do you agree with the arguments made by the authors of this article? Discuss your answer.
Support your arguments.