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Top 8 Causes of Death in Elderly Americans

CV disease
CA
CVA
COPD
Pneumonia & influenza
DM
Accidents
Alzheimer's disease

2

Define Maximal Life Span

Theoretical, longest length of life, excluding premature "unnatural" death

3

Define Life Expectancy

Average number of additional years of life that is expected for a member of a population

4

Challenges in Care for Other Ethnicities

Language barriers
Values of providers
Life situations of the older patients
Ethnic beliefs & values
"Americanization" of ethnic groups
Older person may refuse therapies they feel are too expensive, offer limited curative value, & are inconsistent with cultural beliefs

5

Disabilities & Diseases in the Aging Population

Hearing loss
Vision loss
Prostate cancer
Arthritis
Alzheimer's disease
Heart disease
DM
HTN

6

Define Disability

Self reported inability to walk up & down a flight of stairs or walk half a mile without help

7

Disability is Postponed if

Non-smoker
Exercises
BMI in the normal range

8

Significant Portion of Variability of Disability in the Aging Population will Likely be Accounted for by

SES
Access to information
Awareness of health risks

9

Changes Being Made in our Health System

Prevention
Education
Screening

10

What is the sandwich generation?

Generation that will be caught in the middle, experiencing role strain from simultaneous obligations to children, jobs, & the care of parents