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Running Head: Final Project Milestone Two CHE 320 Perspectives in Aging 3-2 Final Project Milestone Two Draft of Topic Selection and Perspectives Katherine O’Flinn Southern New Hampshire University August 2, 2020
2 According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the top ten most common health issues facing the aging population include physical activity and nutrition, overweight and obesity, tobacco, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization, access to health care(University of Rochester Medical Center, n.d.). Getting daily physical activity is requisite for healthy, independent aging. Daily physical activity can prevent, delay, or manage chronic diseases that can be costly to seniors. Maintaining daily physical activity reduces the risk of premature death and reduces the loss of independence due to pain and immobility issues. Seniors should be as active as their abilities or conditions allow them to be. Any amount of physical activity is better than none at all. Even the smallest amounts of activity have primary health benefits that can propel you to better health (CDC, 2019). The CDC states that physical inactivity can worsen health and quality of life. Physical activity can reduce the risk of moderate or severe functional limitations in mid-life and older adults. At the same time, it reduces the risk of premature death and supports positive mental health and healthy aging (CDC, 2019). The CDC also points out that the lack of physical activity increases healthcare costs. "Non-institutionalized adults 50 years or older spend $860 billion annually on health care. 4 in 5 of the costliest chronic conditions among adults 50 years or older can be prevented or managed with physical activity" (CDC, 2019). When interviewing my 79-year-old mother, I had opened the conversation with, "How have you been doing?" She snapped back with tears of pain and sorrow, "I can't handle all this pain!" She went on to say, "It makes me so limited on what I can do around the house, and
3 nobody can ever help me." Without the interview officially beginning, she identified her primary concern.

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