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Question 1#

Physiologic aging, or "senescence," is defined as decreased functional reserve of critical organ systems. It is generally believed to occur at what age? 

A. 55 years
B. 70 years
C. 90 years
D. No defined age

Correct Answer is B


The cut off for the definition of senescence has increased from 55 years in the late 1960s to 70 years currently. This is a general definition as each patient should be assessed for their own capacity to respond to the stress of surgery.