Caring For The Elderly And Aging

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Caring for the Elderly and Aging Old age or the later years of adulthood and the final steps of life begins about the mid-sixties.
.With people living longer, the elderly population is growing nearly as fast as the U.S. population as a whole. As more people retire from the labor force, the share of retired elderly will increase, demanding more health care and other resources. But most importantly, the elderly will be more visible in everyday life. For most of our population, gray hair, wrinkles, and declining energy begin in middle age. After about age sixty, bones become more brittle, injuries take longer to heal, and the risk of chronic illness (such as Arthritis, Rheumatism, Diabetes), and life threatening conditions such as ( heart disease, and cancer) rise steadily. Sensory abilities, such as taste, sight, touch, smell and especially hearing, become less sharp with age. (Treas, 1995; Metz, Miner 1998). Psychologist has found that normal memory loss should not be confused with symptoms of dementia, in particular, Alzheimer’s disease. Psychologists have found that while memory may decline with age, judgement often significantly improves, and the ability to comprehend what is seen also improves with experience. When a rapid response is required, the elderly may not react as quickly as younger ones, they are not able to process as much information per time unit. But this slowdown is normal and is not a sign of mental impairment.
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