Stress, Age, and Immune Function: Toward a Lifespan Approach

  title={Stress, Age, and Immune Function: Toward a Lifespan Approach},
  author={Jennifer E. Graham and Lisa M Christian and Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
Both aging processes and psychological stress affect the immune system: Each can dysregulate immune function with a potentially substantial impact on physical health. Worse, the effects of stress and age are interactive. Psychological stress can both mimic and exacerbate the effects of aging, with older adults often showing greater immunological impairment to stress than younger adults. In addition, stressful experiences very early in life can alter the responsiveness of the nervous system and… CONTINUE READING
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