Characteristics, Gender, And Class Affected

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I. Problem and Its Characteristics, Gender, and Class Affected Demographic patterns across the globe are changing, and older people constitute a growing proportion of the population. Although many older adults enjoy well-being and satisfaction in later years, some experience psychiatric and mental health difficulties. A topic of particular significance to professionals working with older adults, both Veteran and non-Veteran, is the understanding, assessment, and treatment of posttraumatic stress, as posttraumatic stress symptoms can emerge or re-emerge late in life (National Center for PTSD, n.d.). In the general population, approximately 70% to 90% of adults aged 65 and up have been exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event during their lifetime (2). Gender differences exist in regard to trauma exposure. Based on a community sample of older adults, about 70% of older men reported lifetime exposure to trauma; older women reported a lower rate, around 41% (3). This research attributed the gender differential to combat exposure (3) (National Center for PTSD, n.d.). Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder in which a person has experienced a traumatic event in his/her life (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). PTSD is a condition of that very few people knows, although it is more common than other medical conditions as the diabetes. The PTSD is a condition that affects the body, the way of thinking and how you act after having suffered a
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