Ch 15: Healthcare & the Aging Process

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This chapter is an examination of healthcare and the aging process. Take a look at the health characteristics of our aging population as well as treatments and programs dedicated to contributing to the health of this group of Americans.

Healthcare & the Aging Process - Chapter Summary

Our experts developed these lessons on the subject of healthcare and the aging process. Get to know about an aging population that has certain health characteristics. See common types and treatments of chronic conditions throughout adulthood.

Examine health care treatments that are common in late adulthood, learn about the variation between cultures when it comes to age stratification, and explore programs that are for older adults for receiving public healthcare assistance. Other lessons discuss such things as:

  • Major changes in neurons as we age and their effects on the body
  • Late adulthood and cognitive development
  • Trends and consequences associated with medicating the elderly
  • Differences between aging and disease
  • Stereotypes sometimes faced in late adulthood
  • The older population as a minority
  • An examination of Medicare and Medicaid programs, and their costs and problems
  • An overview of Kubler-Ross's five stages of dying

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13 Lessons in Chapter 15: Healthcare & the Aging Process
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Health Characteristics of an Aging Population

1. Health Characteristics of an Aging Population

What does it mean to live to be 80 and to be able to take care of yourself? Is everything that happens to you just part of getting older? Or is getting sick a separate and horrifying issue?

How Age Affects Our Neurons: Major Changes & Their Effects

2. How Age Affects Our Neurons: Major Changes & Their Effects

This lesson briefly explores the process of aging at a cellular level. The neuron is the most vital component of the brain and follows a particular path when aging.

Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

3. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

Many people are aware of some of the memory problems older adults have, but did you know that they become better at some types of thinking? In this lesson, we'll examine the positive and negative cognitive changes in late life.

Medicating the Elderly: Trends, Impact & Consequences

4. 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.

Aging vs. Disease: Differences & Examples

5. 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.

Chronic Conditions Across Adulthood: Common Types and Treatments

6. 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.

Stereotypes in Late Adulthood: Factors of Ageism & Counter-Tactics

7. Stereotypes in Late Adulthood: Factors of Ageism & Counter-Tactics

As people age, they often have to confront stereotypes that others hold about late life, and some that they themselves hold about older adults. In this lesson, we'll look at stereotypes and the truth about late adulthood.

Minority & Other Differences in the Older Population

8. Minority & Other Differences in the Older Population

Aging is similar across people, but in this lesson we look at how aging is different for racial and sexual minorities, alternate lifestyles, and developmentally disabled individuals.

Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures

9. Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures

Older adults in one culture can face discrimination, and in another culture, they can be revered. But why is there variation in cultural views of late adulthood? In this lesson, we'll examine age stratification across cultures.

Health Care Treatment in Late Adulthood

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.

Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults

11. Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults

This lesson discusses public assistance programs available to older adults. You will explore the types of benefits and support that older adults with very limited resources may be eligible to receive.

Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid

12. Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid

In this lesson, you will tackle the question of why Medicare and Medicaid programs can be expensive and what solutions have been proposed to address this. We will consider the benefits provided by these services and the costs involved.

What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

13. What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

Death, dying and the emotional responses one feels toward these topics are particularly challenging issues to address. Psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed stages of emotional responses to death and dying. This lesson will present those five stages and also discuss common criticisms of Kubler-Ross's theory.

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