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Protecting the Elderly in our Care
A discussion on the physical, emotional and psychological issues facing the elderly population.
# 153237 | 2,745 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 08, 2013 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Aging (Gerontology)


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Description:

The paper provides some statistics on the aging population in the United States and discusses the physical, emotional and psychological challenges elderly people face. The paper addresses obesity, abuse, depression and suicide, sexual issues, sexually transmitted diseases and end-of-life issues. The paper argues that caregivers, families, professional healthcare providers and others must become more knowledgeable about all aspects of aging and must be vigilant to protect their elderly loved ones.

Outline:
Introduction
Elderly and Geriatric Culture
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - Obesity
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - Abuse
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - Depression / Suicide
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - Sexual Issues
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - Sexually Transmitted Disease
Research Related to Counseling Elderly Americans - End-of-Life Issues
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"According to the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration (JHHSA), an estimated 20 million Americans who have passed the age of 60 will "soon be obese" (Tai-Seale, et al, 2008, p. 420). When older people gain weight to the point of being obese, their life expectancy is reduced and they are also subject to "higher disability, and higher health care costs," Tai-Seale explains. The number of obese elderly people is estimated to be 37% at this time, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that physicians screen "all adult patients for obesity and the intensive counseling and behavioral interventions" be provided in order to assist these older people in seeking better health habits.
"The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends that every time a patient meets with a healthcare professional there should be "an assessment of weight status" which should be followed up "by counseling and treatment as needed" (NHLBI, 2005 / Tai-Seale, 421). That having been said, Tai-Seale explains that studies indicate "only about a third of patients" who are considered obese are actually counseled to lose weight. The report suggests those elderly and overweight are receiving less intervention and guidance than younger people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Administration on Aging / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). A Profileof Older Americans: 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2011, fromhttp://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/aging_statistics/Profile/2010/docs/2010profile.pdf.
  • De Lorenzi, Ray. (2010). Civil Justice System Uncovers Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Americans. The American Association for Justice. Retrieved March 10, 2011, fromhttp://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/13464.htm.
  • National Institute of Mental Health. (2009). Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts (FactSheet). Retrieved March 10, 2011, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov.
  • Salonia, Andrea, Briganti, Alberto, Montorsi, Piero, Maga Tommaso, Deho, Federico, Zanni, Giuseppe, Mazzoccoli, Bruno, Suardi, Nazareno, Rigatti, Patrizio, and Montorsi,Francesco. (2005). Safety and Tolerability of Oral Erectile Dysfunction Treatments inthe Elderly. Drug Aging, 22(4), 323-338.
  • Sue, Derald Wing, and Sue, David. (2003). Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory andPractice. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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