Aging And The Healthcare System

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Aging and Healthcare System in America

Meron Biriye

GERO 302 6981
Dr. Elaine Nailler
March 8, 2015

Aging and Healthcare System in America
What is Aging?
It is not easy to come up with a working definition of aging; different academics around the world defined ‘aging’ from different perspectives. Based on the collected information I have, I define aging –a multidimensional process of physiological, mental and social changes that occurred over the course of life. Though it is beyond human control, aging experiences may vary between individuals. “In the developed world, chronological time plays a paramount role. The age of 60 or 65, roughly equivalent to retirement ages in most developed countries is said to be the beginning of old age. In many parts of the developing world, chronological time has little or no importance in the meaning of old age. Other socially constructed meanings of age are more significant such as the roles assigned to older people; in some cases it is the loss of roles accompanying physical decline which is significant in defining old age. Thus, in contrast to the chronological milestones which mark life stages in the developed world, old age in many developing countries is seen to begin at the point when active contribution is no longer possible." (Gorman, 2000)
Aging Myth and Reality
Obviously, there are some inevitable biological and psychological changes that occur with aging, and because of those changes, older adult may face some
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