According to the U.S. census bureau older adults are an important and rapidly growing segment of the United States’ population. There are about 40 million older adults aged 65 and older residing in Unites States and it is projected to be more than double by 2050(Population Reference Bureau, 2015). This projection is due to advancement in health care facilities and better education (Population Reference Bureau, 2015). As people age they face various physical, psychological and social roles changes which affects their quality of life.
More specifically, the transitions associated with later life like retirement, medical problems, death of a loved ones, reduced social networks leads to depression in aging population (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2009). It is seen that depression is one of the most common mental disorder among adults aged 65 and older (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2009).Depression is associated with anxiety and suffering that can lead to physical, mental, and social impairments. The presence of depressive disorders often negatively impact the course and complicates the treatment of other chronic diseases too (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2009).According to National Alliance of Mental Illness there are more than two million of the 40 million Americans age 65 and older who suffer from some form of depression (National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 2009).
Additionally, in the epidemiological and other community-based studies it was found that older adults who are homebound due to multiple chronic illness and disability suffered from depressive symptoms more than those who are able to walk around without assistive device (Choi,Sire & Bruce,2013).Homebound older adults are...
... middle of paper ...
...erapy for late life Depression. Society of biological psychiatry, 52: 293-303.
Forsman, A.K., & Nordmyr, J. (2011). Psychosocial interventions for the promotion of mental health and the prevention of depression among older adults. Health promotion international, Vol.26 No.SI
Ayalon, L., Fialova, D., Arean, P.A. et al. (2010). Challenges associated with the recognition and treatment of depression in older recipients of home care services. International Psychogeriatric, 22:4, 514-522
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (2009). The State of Mental Health and Aging in America. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/mental_health_brief_2.pdf
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Older Adults The older adult population consists of people 65 and older (Miller, & Stoeckel, 2011). Depression is greater in women than men, however, the cause is unknown (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010). Both, males and females who have been previously depressed or have a biological relative with depression, have an increased risk of depression (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010). Seniors in long-term care facilities have a higher rate of being diagnosed with depression (14-42%) than those who continue to live within the community (1%-5%), therefore, levels of diagnosed depression fluctuate depending on location of residence (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010).... [tags: depression, older adults, mood disorder]
1161 words (3.3 pages)
- There are changes in the demographic as the population grows older, the number of older adult’s increases and thus, there is an increase of proportion of patients that are older adults for nurses to take care of (Wells, Y., Foreman, P., Gething, L., & Petralia, W., 2004). The nurses are there to assist and support the older adults in achieving wellness within their situation through empowering the clients (Touhy, et al (2012). Caring for older adults is important as there is an increase in population with deteriorating health.... [tags: older adults, caring theories, jean watson]
1723 words (4.9 pages)
- Within the past 100 years, medical technology, clean water, and decreasing poverty have combined to increase the life expectancy of adults. In addition, the upcoming generation, called the Baby Boomer generation, is coming up to retirement age. By the year 2020, an estimated 18.79 percent of the population will be over the age of 65 increasing to 22.85 percent by the year 2030 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). In addition to the increasing number of older adults (people over the age of 65) there are increasing numbers of persons who have substance abuse problems heading into retirement.... [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Baby boomer, Retirement]
982 words (2.8 pages)
- Reducing falls among older Asian adults Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations Antoinette (not her real name), 67 and recently retired as an elementary school teacher, suffered a fall at her home while cleaning the cupboards. She lives alone, but her sister lives about an hour away from her. She was admitted to the hospital and was treated for subdural hematoma, requiring evacuation of blood clots in her brain. She had an uneventful medical stay but Antoinette needed 24-hour supervision on discharge.... [tags: geriatrics, health, prevention]
1536 words (4.4 pages)
- The epidemiology of falls amongst older adults vary significantly in different settings, as research demonstrated that hospitalised patient represent higher rates of incidence of fall and likely to suffer in serious consequences such as fractures or injuries, increase physical dependency, early nursing home placement and morbidity (Halfens, 2013). Therefore, due to the negative results of falls, the increased of awareness about the consequences of fall is paramount to all hospital staff and hospital organisation in analysing and identifying the risk factors of falls.... [tags: Health care, Medicine, Patient]
760 words (2.2 pages)
- There are many perspectives on adult development that are closely related to societal modern issues. In particular, adults in their later phase (old age) are faced with issues of pharmacology and medication because as adults get older these issues become more complex and important to an individual. The issues we are addressing are the increasing cost of medication, polypharmacy and health care expenses. Healthcare. A blessing for some people or a financial burden to others. As adults get older, the struggle to be able to afford medication can be very stressful.... [tags: Health care, Medicine, Adverse drug reaction]
1061 words (3 pages)
- It’s normal that as we age, our driving abilities tend to change. Adjusting to life changes such as retirement, different schedules, and new activities also affect where and when they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. They are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers when they are involved in crashes (Older Drivers , 2012). There are many factors that affect older adults when driving such as arthritis, memory loss, and spine problems, which make drivers lose height and become shorter behind the wheel, diminishing visual range (Older Drivers , 2012).... [tags: Driving, Driver's license, Traffic sign, Family]
1830 words (5.2 pages)
- Jessica Hernandez Kin 340 Personal Trainer 9:00am11:50am Obesity can affect both young children and older adults. The United States of America has the second highest obesity rate among other countries. Obesity is being overweight often based on your body mass. Obesity can affect any person at any age. There are many causes of obesity such as the environment they grow up, lack of physical activity, genetics, overeating, and lack of information on nutrition. The World Health Organization as a global epidemic formally recognized obesity in 1997.... [tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Hypertension]
1213 words (3.5 pages)
- Proper medication management among older adults can be challenging. Older persons may not fully understand the purpose of the medication and the importance of following the prescription as directed. Over the counter medication, herbs and supplements may not be considered medication; therefore, they do not inform their health care provider that they are taking them. Multiple health care providers can result in duplication of orders or adverse drug reactions. Improper management of medication may lead to adverse drug events ultimately extending a hospitalization or decreasing an older adult’s ability to function safely.... [tags: nursing, medication, prescription, health care]
960 words (2.7 pages)
- Introduction This assignment critically discusses about dementia, a widespread disability among older adults today. It provides an introduction to dementia and analyses its prevalence in society. The various forms of dementias are elaborated with description about dysfunctions and symptoms. Nursing Assessment and Interventions are provided in the further sections which discusses about actions nurses should take on while evaluating patients and treating them. Finally, communication, an important Activity of Daily Living (ADL) is explored and patient/carer advice is presented so as to maintain good health conditions in the patient.... [tags: Mental Health ]
2100 words (6 pages)