The Number Of Adults Over The Age Of 65

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The number of adults over the age of 65 has been increasing in last number of years. Senior citizens make up around 20% of the United States population. Adults over the age of 65 have and experience at some point limitations in their lifestyle and in the way they live day to day. Most of the US senior citizens can and live independently and continue to maintain a close relationship with friends and family. Then there are those seniors that experience changes in their life that prevents them from being unable to live independently. The common age-related changes include hearing impairment, weakening in vision, arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. The most extreme impairment is when older adults experience cognitive changes that are associated with mental processing. (citation) The need for assistance and information for senior citizen continues to increase. There are resources that are offered by the federal government, area agencies, and non-profit organizations. The types of programs that are currently offered for senior citizens vary by state, county, and agency. Some of the programs that are currently offered are those such as Medicare, home care, senior centers, and meal sites to name a few. (citation) To understand the needs of the elderly, we need to understand their developmental pathways, cultural needs, process of gains and losses, and the contextual factors. Developmental Pathways Adult development is change, a

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