Chronic Conditions Are Associated With Aging

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INTRODUCTION Chronic conditions are associated with aging as concluded by (Niccoli & Partridge, 2012). As growth occurs, the body cells tend to decrease in function and become susceptible to diseases. However, individual lifestyle and comorbidity, such as smoking and obesity could lead to early chronic diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Respiratory failure, and bone diseases (Fabbri, Luppi, Beghe, & Rabe, 2008). Caring for patients with such complex conditions could be challenging for nurses as well as other healthcare professional and could lead to poor care coordination, having to prioritize the care and consider the consequences of their actions and inactions (Schoen, Osborn, Squires, Doty, Pierson, & Applebaum, 2011). The complexity identified in Rowena’s case presentation is her comorbid obesity and her history of heavy smoking which could be linked to her past medical diagnosis; hypertension, DM, mild emphysema, as well as her current diagnosis of Respiratory failure (Fabbri et al., 2008). Complexity of Rowena’s case presentation Heavy smoking and obesity are major risk factors for cardiovascular, insulin resistance, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) which includes emphysema (Fabbri et al., 2008). In Rowena’s case study, one can trace her past medical history; hypertension, DM, mild emphysema, and her new diagnosis; respiratory failure to her smoking lifestyle and morbid obesity which has made her case a complex one. The discussions
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