how demographics and disease trends are likely to influence health care delivery services in the future. Include the following sections:
o Describe the current age composition of the U.S. population and how it is expected to change in the next 10 to 20 years.
o Identify the factors that support this trend.
o Explain how the aging trend is
likely to increase or decrease the health issues covered in this course. Include examples of at ...
f you see signs beyond some general slowing of physical function, it?s important to take an aging parent to a doctor ? if possible, a geriatric medicine specialist ? for an evaluation to uncover what may be causing noticeable changes. [ [ Any number of illnesses could be behind worrisome symptoms.
Increased fatigue and reduced energy may not seem like urgent health issues, but they should
still be evaluated. For instance, fatigue and weakness can be caused by anemia, common in older adults, and can be treated. Weakness and shortness of breath can be signs of heart disease, even if your parent isn?t complaining of chest pain.
A normal condition in aging adults is having a less steady gait, a common result of the loss in muscle mass that naturally occurs with age. But that unsteadiness can lead to falls, which can be dangerous for aging adults who may easily break a bone or suffer a head injury. Signs of instability should be evaluated by a doctor, and the aging parent?s home environment should be carefully checked for hazards that could cause trips and falls. ] ]
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