Contains 31 papers from a March 1997 conference, by clinicians and scientists from Italy and North America. Provides a multidisciplinary approach to many gerontological and geriatric problems, examining aspects of the aging process including genetics, body composition, and immunological, endocrinological, and renal physiology changes. Particular attention is given to aging of the cardiovascular system Data from a multi-center Italian study on centenarians is reported, along with an update on clinical and pharmacological approaches to dementia syndromes and economic and social aspects related to care of the elderly. A final section is devoted to changes in calcium metabolism and senile osteoporosis. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.