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Hillier & Barrow Chapter 12 The Oldest Old and Caregiving
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The Oldest Old Those over 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population. Robust aging: aging successfully, with good mental and physical health. Characteristics include: high levels of social contact, good health & vision, fewer stressful life events in the previous 3 years than their less robust peers.
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Physical Health Greater likelihood to require hospitalization or nursing home placement, have multiple chronic and disabling conditions Yet many 85+ are quite healthy and robust Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): personal activities necessary to maintain oneself, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, walking IADLs: instrumental activities such as shopping, housework, money management, meal preparation.
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Living Arrangements More than 50% of oldest old live in their own homes, but 75% are widowed. 35% live alone, 25% live with an adult child, 21% reside in nursing homes Medicare does not cover most programs which help elders stay in their own homes Predominate lifestyle for women over 75 is widowhood
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