Movement Disorders and Normal Aging
Normal aging is associated with a variety of changes in the nervous system, many of which manifest as motor impairment. While every effort should be made to determine possible treatable causes for motor decline or involuntary movements in the normal elderly individual, treatment most often will be of a conservative nature, and should include physical therapy or occupational therapy. It should be emphasized that significant neurologic deterioration is not an inevitable aspect of aging. Recent articles and studies have focused on differentiating \"successful\" aging from \"usual\" aging. The challenge for future studies will be to determine those factors that lead to successful aging, thereby allowing clinicians to educate patients on how to achieve optimal health in their later years.
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Mahant, Padma R. and Stacy, Mark A., "Movement Disorders and Normal Aging" (2001). Neurology. 126.