The Effects of Aging on Lung Structure and Function

Gwen S. Skloot

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Abstract

Growth of the segment of the population older than 65 years has led to intensified interest in understanding the biology of aging. This article is focused on age-related alterations in lung structure that produce predictable changes in physiologic function, both at rest and during exercise. Increased insight into the physiology of the healthy aging lung should ultimately lead to improved methods of lung function assessment in the elderly (defined as those older than 65 years) as well as better understanding of the manifestations and possibly even the treatment of geriatric lung disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-457
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Gas exchange
  • Lung function
  • Lung structure
  • Respiratory mechanics

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