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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL
Volume 7 (2007), Pages 1603-1610
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2007.112
Review Article

Neurochemical Changes in the Aging Process: Implications in Medication in the Elderly

St. Peter's Middle College House, 190 College Road, Birmingham, UK

Received 1 February 2007; Revised 23 March 2007; Accepted 25 March 2007

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Ebere C. Anyanwu.

Abstract

Aging is an inevitable process in human development, which follows a time course thatcan be delayed, or hastened, by lifestyles, diseases and events. The factors that affectthe aging process can be delayed, but not prevented. This paper evaluates theneurochemical changes in the aging process and their relevance in the modality ofelderly medication. For clarity and understanding of the relevant neurobiochemicalprocess and effects, the neuroanatomical, physiological, and neurobehavioral changesare reviewed as they relate to medication in the elderly.