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Health of the Aging Population - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides you with the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the health concerns and risks faced by older adults. Lessons explore various changes adults experience as they age, trends in health and illness among the aging population, consequences of medicating the elderly and so much more. Each lesson was developed by a top instructor and features a short quiz you can use to assess your understanding of concepts covered. Access these lessons from your computer, smartphone or tablet. At the end of this chapter, you should understand the following:
- What common emotional, physical and psychological changes occur in late adulthood
- What the major theories of aging are
- How health and illness are defined and what age-related changes commonly occur in the immune system
- Differences between aging and disease
- What health and fitness concerns are associated with late adulthood
- What contributes to morbidity and mortality as a person ages
- How long a person typically lives and what factors contribute to human longevity
- What are trends and consequences of medicating the elderly
- How functional health is defined and causes of disability for older adults
- What health care treatment options are available in late adulthood
1. Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults
As an adult you establish a unique identity, reach the proverbial midlife crisis, and eventually succumb to old age. In this lesson, learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that take place along this journey.
2. Theories of Aging: Rate-of-Living, Cellular & Programmed-Cell-Death
This lesson focuses on various theories of how living cells age and die, resulting in the people with those cells aging and dying. We'll look at broad definitions, as well as some of the popular sub-theories.
3. Health & Illness of the Aging Population: Definition & Trends
In this lesson, we will examine the changes that occurs to the immune system as a person ages. In addition to this, we examine the difference between what it means to be healthy and what it means to be ill, as well as different types of diseases that may afflict you.
4. Aging vs. Disease: Differences & Examples
This lesson looks into the differentiation between what is considered normal, or primary, aging and what is considered abnormal, or secondary, aging. In addition, we will look at how an often misunderstood disease fits into this.
5. Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood
As people age, their bodies change. But what does that mean in terms of health, fitness, and sexuality? Watch this lesson for information on how diet and exercise impact health and how sexuality changes in late life.
6. Causes of Morbidity & Mortality Across the Life Cycle
In this lesson, we will go age category by age category and examine the common causes of death, as well as why we would expect to see these causes at these particular ages. With this lesson, you should understand the progression that occurs throughout a life cycle.
7. Human Longevity: The Influence of Genetic & Environmental Factors
Here we will discuss the human life span, with specific interest in average life span by gender, as well as what factors are likely contribute to lengthening and shortening a life span.
8. Medicating the Elderly: Trends, Impact & Consequences
We will discuss how medication use increases in most elderly and why certain elderly may refuse to take their medication. In addition, we will discuss certain issues with medication and the elderly, such as metabolizing, effect and administration.
9. Functional Health & Disability: Definition & Major Issues
This lesson looks at the functional health issues of the mechanical system. In other words, we examine the human body, why it fails and what happens when it does.
10. Health Care Treatment in Late Adulthood
As people age, their bodies change, but what exactly does that mean in terms of health care? Watch this lesson to find out more about illness and disease in late adulthood, as well as the types of health care facilities often frequented in later life.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging course
- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Personality & Aging
- 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
- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- 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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