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The best way to age is to stay active physically and mentally
Activity theory
A day care center that provides health and social services to the older adult.
Adult day care
Deep and profound prejudice in American society against older adults.
Ageism
Disease that involves progressive dementia, memory loss, and inability to care for self.
Alzheimer's disease (AD)
Facility with various degrees of personal care assistance designed to meet the needs of an older person.
Assisted living
An opacity of the eye lens or its capsule that blocks light rays.
Cataracts
People maintain their values, habits, and behavior in old age.
Continuity Theory
A global impairment of cogn funct, usually is progressive & may be permanent. Interferes w/ normal social & occupational activities
Dementia
Aging involves mutual withdrawl (disengagement) btwn older person and others in the elderly person's environment.
Disengagement theory
Difficult or labored breathing.
Dyspnea
The use of technology in the delivery of health care and health information.
E-health
Medical care of the elderly
Geriatrics
The study of aging and older adults.
Gerontology
A core body temperature below the lower limit of normal.
Hypothermia
Excessive convex curvature of the thoracic spine, humpback.
Kyphosis
The repository for information stored for periods longer than 72 hours and usually weeks and years.
Long-term memory
Demineralization of the bone
Osteoporosis
Spontaneous fractures to which elderly persons are prone.
Pathologic fractures
The ability to interpret the environment through the senses.
Perception
Generalized loss of hearing due to aging.
Presbycusis
Deals with activities of the recent past of minutes to a few hours.
Recent memory
Steady decrease in muscle fibers.
Sarcopenia
Momentary perception of stimuli by the senses.
Sensory memory
Information held in the brain for immediate use or what one has in mind at a given moment.
Short-term memory
Diseases that are prolonged, do not resolve spontaneously, and are rarely cured completely.
Chronic Illness
Intentional acts by a caregiver or "trusted other" that cause harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable older adult &/or neglect meeting basic needs of a vulnerable older adult.
Elder Abuse/Mistreatment
Specialty area of providing culturally competent care to ethnic elders.
Ethnogeriatric
Older adults who, because of declining physical health and resources, are most vulnerable.
Frail Elderly
Care of older adults based on the specialty body of knowledge of gerontology.
Gerontologic nursing
A federally funded health insurance program for people ages 65 yrs and older, as well as for some people with disabilities under age 65 & for all people with end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis or a transplant.
Medicare
60 to 74 years of age
Young-old adults
75 to 84 years of age
Old adults
85 to 100 years of age
Old-Old adults
Over 100 years old
Centenarians