Gerontological Nursing ch.1, The Aging Population
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The simultaneous presence of multiple chronic conditions.
Compression of Morbidity
Delaying or compressing the years in which serious illness and decline occur so that an extended life expectancy results in more functional, healthy years.
The length of time that a person be predicted to live.
The maximum years that a person have potential to live.
A federal program of health insurance for older adults who are eligible for Social Security benefits.
Medicare Part A
The part of the Medicare program that pays for hospitalization, care in a skilled nursing facility, home health care, and hospice care.
Medicare Part B
The part of the Medicare program that pays for physician services, outpatient hospital services, durable medical equipment, and other services and supplies.
A public assistance program designed to provide healthcare to poor Americans. Often supplements medicare. Most nursing home care is paid for by this program.
A benefit check paid to retired workers 65 and older, disabled workers of any age, and spouses and minor children of those workers. Benefits are not dependent on financial need. It is intended to serve as supplement to other sources of income in retirement. Most older people depend on social security for more than half of their income.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
a benefit check paid to persons over age 65 and/or persons with disabilities based on financial need.
Describes physical, psychological, and social function. This may be more indicative of their needs than their chronological age.
Describes how people estimate a person's age based on appearance.
How people feel or perceive their own age.
People over 65 constitute how much of the population?
Life expectancy of the black population
Has declined due to an increase in deaths from homicide and AIDS.
Percentage of older people living below the poverty level
Is declining, with about 10% now falling into this category.
"Asset rich and cash poor"
Median net worth of older households is nearly twice the national average because of the high prevalence of home ownership by ends.
Leading causes of death for persons 65+.
Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
Chronic lower respiratory disease
Influenza and pneumonia
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, nephrosis
Entering their senior years in 2011 and will continue do so until 2030. They are informed consumers of health care and desire a highly active role in their care.
Adults in nursing homes
Approximately one in four older adults will spend some time in a nursing home during the last years of their lives.
Today's older minorities
May not have been able to accrue benefits from employee pensions, personal savings, and Social Security to the same extent as white Americans.
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