Health Challenges Faced by Older Adults

Topics: Medicine, Gerontology, Health care Pages: 12 (541 words) Published: January 24, 2015
Health Challenges Faced by Older Adults

By: Akua Koranteng
Course: SCI/100
January 11, 2015
University of Phoenix
Instructor: Roxann Leraci

Introduction

• Challenges Between Age and Gender
• Level of Challenges
• Neglect and Abuse
• Prevention
• Resources

Challenges between the genders
and at what age.


There are various challenges that affect the elderly in our society and it varies based on gender and also the age. These challenges are broken down in gender and age Male over 65

Female over 60

Neurological
• Alzheimer
• Parkinson disease

Hormonal
• Menopause
• Thyroid dysfunction

Prostate disease
• Prostate Cancer

Musculoskeletal
• Osteoporosis

Liver Disease
• Cirrhosis of the liver

Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Ovarian Cancer

Level of Challenges
In the home
Pressure on family:


Taking care of an adult with health concerns can put

In the Community
Housing Challenges


Most local communities struggle with providing
housing for the aged. Lack of long term facilities to

the family under intense pressure. Some of these

in the communities to make sure they are well taken

difficulties could be financial, time consuming and

care of.

stressful.

Federal Level

Local / State Level
Cost of healthcare

Federal Healthcare benefits:





Caring for the aged with health related issues can

Most of the federal budget is earmarked for federal

put financial burden on the state for the cost of their

healthcare benefit for the aged. The more the aged

health care.

population increases, the higher the cost.

Are older Adults abused? If so how?
Neglect or abandonment

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Financial Exploitation

Prevention of Abuse
Most of these abuse can be prevented by:


Listening to the elderly when they complain about abuse



Intervention is a key. We have to intervene whenever there is a abuse



Education other how to detect and recognize abuse of the aged

Programs to help educate victims of Abuse


Make resources available to educate the elderly on how to report being abused



There should be a toll free number so victims can call to report abuse



Offer free counselling to victims of abuse



Offer free legal assistance to victims



Create more support groups to educate victims

Conclusion
There are many challenges that our our elderly generation faces in our society. We need to put safeguard in place to help minimize the effects of these challenges. More resources should be available to help educate families, healthcare workers and society on elderly abuse. How we address these numerous challenges facing our elderly in the home, state, community, and federal level are very important in building a stronger community.

Conventional Medicine and CAM
Conventional

Verses

CAM

Medical Drugs

Herbal Medicine

Surgery

Acupuncture

Physical Therapy

Holistic Approach

Factors that contribute to Violence in the
home
Alcohol abuse


People who abuse alcohol are prone to inciting violence.

Drugs abuse:


People who are on illegal drugs tend to incite violence

Mental:


Mental patient or people with history of mental illness or prone to violence in the home

Indoor air pollutants and your
Type of Air Pollutants
Ways to Prevent it:
health


Secondhand smoking



No smoking indoors



Carbon monoxide exposure



Install Carbon monoxide and



Gas leakages



Dirty air filters

smoke detectors


Changes of Carbon monoxide
detectors regularly
Air filters must be changed
regularly

.



Reference

World Health Organization. (2013). Mental health and Older Adults. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs381/en /

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