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What is Functional Decline?


Updated January 04, 2010

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Question: What is Functional Decline?
Answer: Functional decline is the loss of certain abilities. Age-related functional decline is the loss of certain abilities due to aging or age-related problems. Here is a list of some typical types of functional decline. Click on the links to learn more and get some ideas for preventing or minimizing these types of functional decline.

Common Age-Related Types of Functional Decline

This is just a sort list of all the things that might change in a person's body due to aging that could cause functional decline. You can give yourself your best chance of the least amount of functional decline through focusing on a healthy lifestyle.

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