After studying Module 3: Lecture Materials & Resources, discuss the following:
- Describe and discuss the pathological conditions that might affect the sexual responses in older adults.
- How and why do you think Nutritional factors, psychological factors, drugs and complementary and alternative medications affect the immune system in older adults.
- Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources
Requirements: 500 words
- Meiner, S.E., Yeager, J.J. (2019).
The immune system of the body helps protect it from foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, and tissues from other people that may harm it. The immune system helps make antibodies that help fight these harmful substances. Aging is usually associated with chronic diseases due to less immune functioning, which is associated with poor health, inflammation, and other nutritional factors. Nutritional factors improve the immune system of people, especially the youth. However, older adults are choosier when it comes to food which results in consuming less nutritious foods, which reduces their immune system making them prone to diseases such as flu (Medications Work Differently in Older Adults | HealthInAging.org, 2020). Psychological factors such as emotions, stress, and other life experiences can cause abnormality in the immune functioning through the medication of the neuroendocrine system, which results in exerting control over the immune system. Stress leads to the creation of a cortisol hormone in the body which decreases the immune level of older adults by lowering the number of lymphocytes in the blood, hence interfering with how white blood cells communicate.