A portion of Americans 65 years and over will make 13 percent of the U.S. population and is expected to rise in fewer than 25 years, which will increase, to 20 percent by the year 2050. A number of ageing Americans are living longer and staying increasingly active and for older adult’s good health ensures independence. With millions of Americans aging they struggle daily with health challenges, physical changes, psychological problems which all can impact their quality of life. Effects of Aging As you age so does your body, the aging process affects more then just what meets the eye. The aging process will affect a lot of different parts of your body, physically, internally and externally.
One in ten people over the age of 65, and over half of those over 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. It is stated that over 15 million Americans will be affected by year 2050. One main reason for this is the rapid growth of the oldest age groups in the United States population. The number of individuals who are 75 to 84 years of age will double, and the number of people who are 85 years of age will quadruple believe it or not. This disease makes it very difficult for older people to go on with their daily routines.
This is how it will always be because it is so intricate and there are so many different sequences that one little change can make everything go wrong. As people age, the effect on the stability of the genome is that it makes the genome more unstable. Within the brain in particular, it has been noted that as people age, the function slows down which can c... ... middle of paper ... ...e very much focused on the phenotype, the physical expression of the genes rather than what it is that is causing those changes within the DNA. These physical changes all have a lot to do with the DNA and how the body is processing things and the level at which it is functioning. As we age, things start to die off and there is less of almost everything, people really kind of slow down in every aspect of the word.
In addition to the deterioration of health of the brain and heart; bones can become weaker and shorter and our vision and hearing impaired or even lost. There are genetic factors and environmental conditions that may contribute to the cause and effects of aging. With age, there is also an increase susceptibility to diseases, cellular damage, genetic mutations, and cancers. Although there have been many advances in medicine and technologies which have allowed us to live longer lives, aging is still an unavoidable natural process. The basic structural and functional units of an organism are cells.
The effects of ageism are numerous, and they have positive and negative aspects on an older adult’s health. Ageism occurs and still continues to exist in the American society today for multiple reasons. Younger and middle adults tend to fear and feel powerless with death and aging; they tend to cope with these feelings with ageism and the negative stereotypes about the older adult (Miller, 2012). There are several types of myths in the American culture that surround ageism. Older adults are a valuable asset to the American society with their knowledge and life experience.
In the United States, the 65 and older population will more than double by 2050, rising from 39 million in 2009 to 89 million (Edwards). However, longer life expectancies come with consequences. We are facing a crisis that will have an unprecedented impact on our economy, labor force, and health care system. While the older population grows at a faster rate than any other age group, the size and quality of the work force is compromised. As the elderly leave the labor force and consume a larger share of goods and services, our economy will suffer along with the wellbeing of all Americans.
Introduction 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).
Why depressed people age faster than other people? To understand the reason why depressed people age faster than other people let us familiarize ourselves with what really makes a person grow older as years fly by. The cells of an individual are responsible for the aging process. In a recent research conducted on 1900 people who at one time had suffered from one of the many major depressive disorders and 500 people who never had depression in their lives before, researchers were able to come up with accurate data to help people in understanding why depressed people tend to age faster than their counterparts. All other factors... ... middle of paper ... ...r us to eliminate depression in our lives and live long happy lives as God intended.
People over 65 made up 18% of the population in 2014 which is an increase of 47% since 1974 (Office for National Statistics). These numbers have alarmed governments around the world, as this is not just a national issue. The reasons for this trend of an ageing society are the problem of
In a time in our society where the 'baby boomer' generation is approaching their mid 50's, and the number of elderly Americans is substantially increasing, we begin to ask ourselves if growing old has to mean being frail, confused, weak, fatigued and depressed. In many elderly people, the neuronal changes of aging are some of the hardest to deal with. Loss of mental acuity, confusion, forgetfulness and depression are some of the most common complaints about the aging process. Is there a way to avoid these neuronal changes, or at least to slow them down? If there is a 'fountain of youth' that medicine can provide then many Americans will be lining up to get a first try at its effects.