Enikő Györgyjakab / Balázs Bodolai
József Gabor Csíszér, József Csíszér, Attila Deák, Endre Erdős, Mihály Fábián, Zsolt Györffy, Melinda Hunyadi, Zsolt Kerekes, Tibor Molnár, Éva Oprea, János Platz
director's assistant, dramaturg
original music by
Date of the opening: march 14, 2015
Date of the opening: 14 March 2015
Duration: 1h 20' without intermission
Aging causes changes to the brain size, vasculature, and cognition. The brain shrinks with increasing age and there are changes at all levels, from molecules to morphology. Incidence of stroke, white matter lesions, and dementia also rise with age, as does likelihood of memory impairment, and there are changes in levels of neurotransmitters and hormones.
With age, bones tend to shrink in size and density, which weakens them and makes them more susceptible to fracture. We might even become a bit shorter.
We lose muscle tissue and our muscles become more rigid and less toned. Dermal and epidermal cells also diminish. Wrinkles develop, primarily due to a loss of collagen. Sun exposure causes most skin damage, including brown "age spots" and skin cancers.
The lungs become less elastic and the chest wall stiffens. If one has ever smoked, their respiratory potential is reduced in their later years.
Constipation is more common in older adults. Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) is also common.
Sexual needs, patterns and performance change. For women, vaginal dryness can make sex uncomfortable. For men, impotence might become a concern.
By around age 40, almost everyone will be reaching for reading glasses.
About a third of people who are 60 or older have some hearing loss.
Shame, vulnerability, nostalgia, depression, feelings of loneliness and isolation, feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity, and fear of death or dying also play a major role in facing our older selves.
Do you think you are an exception?