Hypothyroidism Treatment : But as Roessle point out, even when a person of advanced age dies of an infection, such as pneumonia, allowance must be made for his lowered resistance because of age, and the infection should not be regarded as the cause of death no matter what the doctor's certificate may
To prolong life, therefore, we ought to regard the whole person, his interest in living and his adjustment to life, instead of devoting ourselves exclusively to his physical symptoms. Indeed, in the new science of geriatrics, many of the traditional complaints of old people have been found to disappear when social activities, interests, and a generally happier adjustment could be provided.
Carrying the Roessle findings in longevity a step further, we may say that the individual whose tissues wear out at a harmonious rate is one whose destructive drive does not take a toll of one or another organ of his body. The adaptable individual may be one whose acceptance of life makes him willing and able to adjust himself to the changing, and often none too favorable, conditions of life. One who fails to adapt himself is following a destructive trend.