The Aging Population On The Delivery Of Healthcare

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“Baby-boomers” is a term that most healthcare professionals and students are quite familiar with. The term often relates to health care because many of the individuals in this group are beginning to seek care because of long term illnesses associated with aging. Therefore, it is vital for healthcare professionals to understand the significance of the term “baby-boomers”. In fact, by the year 2030, one in five people will be over the age of 65 and in 2050, that number will be close to 90 million older adults, which is two times the number compared to 2010 (CDC, 2013). The aging population in America is just one of the nine forces that influence health care and nursing management. This paper will summarize the influence of the aging…show more content…
Thus, the complexity of caring for older adults requires immense interdisciplinary collaboration. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), older adults are at risk for adverse occurrences when they see multiple providers because they are likely to hear inconsistent medical advice, acquire adverse medication reactions, undergo repeated or similar tests, and receive unnecessary hospital stays (p.6). When an older adult enters a healthcare facility, there are many factors that need to be addressed that may not be as prevalent in a younger population of people; some of these factors include a history of falls, hearing or vision difficulties, and other comorbidities. Although, these conditions may be prevalent in younger adults, they are specifically common in this age group due to the normal process of aging. Many hospitals have implemented several precautions to help protect the aging population and prevent adverse events from occurring. For example, to prevent falls, there has been an increase in the use of physical therapy, safety socks, and performing medications reviews (Blalock, Gildner, Jones, Bowling, & Casteel, 2016). Other precautions may include the use of colored fall precaution wrist bands and information on electronic charting systems to easily identify those patients who are at risk. Nursing Managements Implications According to Kelly & Tazbir (2014), there are two nursing implications when caring for aging adults with chronic

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