Factors Affecting The Senior Population Losses

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“Loss is defined as the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed” (Loss, 2016). In the senior population losses become more common and frequent due to dwindling health circumstances, among other circumstances. “Functional losses experienced by the elderly include physical performance, balance, mobility, and muscle strength” (Nakano et Al., 2014). Situational or circumstantial losses may be the loss of a partner or the loss of a home due to being transferred into a retirement home or health care facility. Losses are enhanced by any diseases a person may have making it more difficult to deal with theses losses. “Taking a look at diabetes; diabetes plays a key role in many individuals in the older adult population lives,…show more content…
Stan wasn’t eating as often or managing his diabetes well and the added stress was making it more difficult to monitor his disease. He was growing frail, and eventually he had suffered a stroke which left him with spastic arms, limiting his ability to do many tasks. After almost a year of Sue battling cancer she passed away. Sue’s passing drove Stan into a deep depression. Stan is having a very difficult time accepting his wife’s death which is taking a toll on his health. As a result of all these losses; family home, physical abilities, partner, children, freedom, sense of health Stan has been experiencing tremendous suffering as he transfers through the varying stages of grief. Grief Grief is a journey unique to each individual that is structured through culture, religious beliefs, personality, age, gender and ethnicity among other things, it may be experienced as a inevitability or a devastation (Smit, 2015). It is defined as the normal and natural response to a loss in all of its totality, thus referring to physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive and social experiences of the loss (Smit, 2015). The most commonly used model of grief is the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross or 5 stage model, this model expects that everyone grieving would go through denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance in said order (Smit, 2015). However, individuals may
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