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Aerospace gerontologyThe relevancy of gerontology and geriatrics to the discipline of aerospace medicine is examined. It is noted that since the shuttle program gives the facility to fly passengers, including specially qualified older persons, it is essential to examine response to acceleration, weightlessness, and re-entry over the whole adult lifespan, not only its second quartile. The physiological responses of the older person to weightlessness and the return to Earth gravity are reviewed. The importance of the use of the weightless environment to solve critical problems in the fields of fundamental gerontology and geriatrics is also stressed.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Comfort, A.
(California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1982
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center Space Gerontology
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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