Chronic vs. Acute Disease in Older Adults


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A disease that does not go away and lasts a long time is called a(n) ____ illness.

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1. A disease that lasts only a short time is called a(n) ____ illness.

2. ____ illnesses usually cannot be cured.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Through this quiz and accompanying worksheet, you will be assessed on your ability to distinguish acute from chronic illness. Practice questions will also test your comprehension of how acute and chronic illnesses affect the elderly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will assess your ability to distinguish:

  • Acute illnesses
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Effects on older adults

Skills Practiced

Skills assessed in this quiz and worksheet include:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the relationship between disease and aging to recognize the impact of illnesses on older adults
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as chronic and acute illnesses
  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the lesson on chronic and acute diseases in late adulthood

Additional Learning

Get more insight into this topic with the lesson named Chronic vs. Acute Disease in Older Adults. It covers these objectives:

  • Late adulthood
  • Examples of chronic and acute illnesses
  • Why age is a factor when dealing with illness