Aging and Human Motivation (The Springer Series in Adult by Ernest Furchtgott

By Ernest Furchtgott

I first met Ernest Furchtgott twenty-five years in the past after becoming a member of the school of the varsity of Social paintings on the collage of South Carolina. at the moment, Ernie chaired the dept of Psychology. within the following 3 years we collaborated with an educational Committee on Gerontology in conceptualizing and shaping the University's certificates of Graduate research in Gerontology software, guiding it to ultimate approval through the South Carolina fee on larger schooling. For 20 years we crew­ taught our graduate-level direction, "Psychosocial techniques to Geron­ tology," related to colleagues from similar disciplines. through the years, we tested and together graded thousands of study posters ready via our graduate scholars in gerontology as their ultimate path requirement. numerous years in the past, Ernie officially retired from the college. He in­ stantly agreed to my request that he proceed educating the psychology of getting older section of our interdisciplinary direction. On campus approximately each day when you consider that retirement, Ernie often telephoned to debate are­ cent article within the Gerontologist or a paper presentation that had ex­ pointed out him on the Gerontological Society's annual clinical assembly. He maintained a transparent presence within the educational group.

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It would be expected, therefore, that thyroid activity should show decrements during aging. The size of the thyroid gland decreases after maturity and there are various microscopic changes in the cells. In most healthy older individuals, the level of thyroxine (T4), the major hormone secreted by the thyroid gland, remains unchanged, even though the secretion rate for the hormone may have been reduced. Here, too, as with the glucocorticoids, the lowered secretion is compensated for by decreases in clearance rate (Timiras, 1988, pp.

In major geriatric diseases such as SDAT or Parkinson's, there are gross transmitter losses, and most of the research efforts on the human level have been concentrated on the analysis of these effects. 27 Biological Foundations THE ENDOCRINES The endocrine system, or more properly, systems, also play a vital role in the maintenance of bodily homeostasis. Loss in the effectiveness of some of the endocrine or combined neural and endocrine systems has played a prominent role in theories of aging since the beginning of interest in the later stages of life (Timiras, 1988, p.

In the analysis of aging and motivation, little attention has been paid to the thyroid, but its role needs to be considered. The Pancreas and Carbohydrate Metabolism No account of energetics or activation is complete without a brief consideration of carbohydrate metabolism. While several hormones are involved in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, insulin and glucagon secreted by the pancreas play major roles. Age-associated impairment in the ability to maintain blood-glucose homeostasis after ingestion of glucose has been known since about 1920 (Timiras, 1988, p.

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