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Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this chapter on chronic conditions, our instructor discusses how the decisions people make about diet and exercise, or even the way they manage stress, can impact their health in the long run. Lessons also examine health aspects beyond an individual's control, like gender or family history. Use this chapter to find out how these factors and more affect chronic conditions among adults:
- Family history
- Risk behaviors
- Lifestyle choices
- Exposure to stress
|Chronic Conditions Across Adulthood: Common Types and Treatments||Identify some common chronic conditions associated with adulthood and explain how people manage them.|
|How Family History and Genetics Affect Health and Chronic Conditions||Describe how family history and genetics affect individuals' risk factors for chronic disease.|
|How Socioeconomic Issues Affect Health and Chronic Conditions||Explain how health is impacted by socioeconomic factors, including access to health care as well as ethnicity and gender.|
|How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions||Outline the effects of diet, exercise and eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, on chronic conditions and overall health.|
|How Substance Use Affects Health and Chronic Conditions||Discuss how alcohol, tobacco and drug use affect health and chronic conditions.|
|How Stress and Control Issues Affect Health and Chronic Conditions||Examine the impact of stress on chronic conditions and overall health. Identify stress management issues across adulthood.|
|How Sleep Affects Health and Chronic Conditions||Assess the impact of sleep problems on health and chronic conditions.|
1. Chronic Conditions Across Adulthood: Common Types and Treatments
In this lesson, we will explore several chronic diseases and conditions that can afflict a person in adulthood. These range from the lethal to the painfully annoying. In addition, we will discuss common ways that they are managed.
2. How Family History and Genetics Affect Health and Chronic Conditions
In this lesson, we will look at the influence that genetics has on us in terms of chronic, and sometimes lethal, diseases or conditions. We look briefly at how many individuals are born with predispositions to various conditions.
3. How Socioeconomic Issues Affect Health and Chronic Conditions
This lessons examines some of the fundamental differences of socioeconomic status, as well as how these issues interact with a person's health and their chronic conditions.
4. How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions
Here we will discuss how the elements of diet and exercise can reduce the risk or the severity of a chronic condition or disease. We look specifically at diet and how it can be great, good, okay or terrible. Exercise can be excessive, incorrect, correct or absent.
5. How Substance Use Affects Health and Chronic Conditions
While not every substance and every chronic condition can be covered in a single lesson, we attempt to look at the most common types (alcohol and smoking), as well as some generalizations about illegal substances.
6. How Stress and Control Issues Affect Health and Chronic Conditions
In this lesson, we'll look at how the idea of control, or the illusion of control, leads a person to stress. This stress, in turn, magnifies many chronic ailments.
7. How Sleep Affects Health and Chronic Conditions
This lesson explores the effects of missing out on sleep. We examine the general issues that happen when a person misses out on sleep, as well as how sleep debt can compound chronic health conditions.
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- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Personality & Aging
- Health of the Aging Population
- The Aging Brain and Nervous System
- Effects of Aging on Skin & Body Build
- Effects of Aging on the Sensory System
- Effects of Aging on the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Changes to Memory & Attention with Age
- Cognitive Development & Aging
- Overview of Intelligence, Wisdom & Creativity
- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive, Behavioral & Psychological Assessments
- Age-Related Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Abuse Among Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders Related to Aging
- Mood & Stress Disorders Affecting the Aging Population
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Career Changes Over the Lifespan
- Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood
- Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement
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