Respiratory Issues In Older Adults

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The older adult population is facing a time in life when their health is slowly declining the older they get. However, this one older adult is doing all that he can to slow down that steady decline in his overall health. He stays physically active every day, completing tasks such as home construction, farming, auto mechanics, arts and crafts, as well as fiddling with electronic gadgets. At the young age of 66 years old, he has noticed how his grip strength has slightly lessened over the years but he does not let it stop him from being active. He has ongoing respiratory issues sustained from his early years of working in hazardous conditions. He has been on respiratory medications for nearly 20-30 years, yet at this age he knows how to control …show more content…

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