1.growing old; aging.
2.Cell Biology. (of a cell) no longer capable of dividing but still alive and metabolically active
“Older persons move to care primarily because they must, that is, secondary to senescence, disease and trauma.” (Falk, 2012) This sentence for understanding circumstance to residential placement is important for compassionate care.
The word senescence needed further examination and I discovered the biological clarity better reflected the feeling of aging.
The physical ability to reproduce is lost but the desire for intimacy will continue and is perhaps frustrated as mortality restricts the capacity to act.