NEW Society_Notes_Chapter 17_Health and Aging

NEW Society_Notes_Chapter 17_Health and Aging - 11/10/11...

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11/10/11 Chapter 17: Health and Aging CHALLENGING COMMONSENSE BELIEFS ABOUT HEALTH AND AGING the growing population of seniors is seen by society as problematic society doesn’t know if they can prepare for the abundance of seniors in the coming future the global population of centenarians (ages 100+) is increasing quickly and most of these people will live in developed countries (ie. Canada) but the growing number of seniors is seen negatively; people worry about declining economies because of increase in taxes due to health and pension costs of an older population there are very many resources these days to be able to live longer (ie. Improved hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, and medical advances); however is everyone able to equally access the resources available in society and exercise healthy living choices to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle? usually the old, the sick, the poor, and the racial minority groups are disadvantaged Canadians take pride in our “universal” health care system that is accessible to everyone regardless of age, race, gender, or ability to pay for services; but is it? we wonder is Canada is not providing these services because it cannot afford the additional costs e.g. results of a study indicate that heart failure patients who are oldest or who have more chronic conditions are the least likely to be prescribed drugs that could prolong their lives INDIVIDUAL AND POPULATION AGING the most common way to define old age is to refer to all those age 65 and over (this definition arose in from Bismarck of Germany who chose this age for his military personnel to be eligible to receive pension benefits since avg. life expectancy was far less) in 1921 average life expectancy for men = 58.8 and for women = 60.6 years In 2002 average life expectancy for men = 77.2 and for women 82.1 years not until their 90s do men and women’s avg. life expectancy become similar →increased life expectancy also means that the illnesses and disabilities are more prominent, there are more demands that health-care must meet, and the age of retirement for most must be prolonged although avg. life expectancy has steadily increased during the twentieth century but that does not mean it will necessarily continue to do so an increasing proportion of the Canadian population comprises seniors (13%); demography (a research area that studies the characteristics of populations and the dynamics of population change; it considers a country to be old if at least 10% of its population is over 65 years of age ) tells us that a country with a population of seniors higher than 10% is an “old” country deaths in old age are usually due to chronic degenerative diseases such as cancers, bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia etc. GENDER
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