Health Problems In The Elderly

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Numerous amount of people walk into hospitals or doctors ' offices every day. The patients come with not only physical ailments, but also with extra baggage one might bring with them. This may include anxiety, financial problems, stress, and other personal issues. These psychological problems cannot be separated from the physical ones. Doctors and health care providers must wear numerous hats to offer complete health care. For example a doctor might be a friend, a psychologist, and many more things because the patient needs to know that the health care team is meeting most of his or her needs. Despite the multiple roles a doctor can play, today’s health care system is increasingly impersonal and health care providers are not completely treating …show more content…
Human beings are very complex creatures and they should be treated holistically, in a way that considers all aspects of their human condition. Accurate healthcare is an apparent problem, especially in the elderly population. Older Americans are neglected because of the way society views the elderly and society looks at them in a negative way, which results in poor health care (Thewlis, 1946, p. 27). These older individuals have carried with them a life full of baggage and personal problems. Many times they fill health care facilities because as these individuals age, more and more health problems occur and the cost of treatment starts to take a toll on the patients and their families (Yelon, Luchette, 2014, p. 23). Sometimes, the elderly 's psychological pains impact their physical pain. The older patients feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and have self-image issues that can be problems on their own or can contribute to other illnesses (Feibusch, 1981, p. 1). Heath care providers and facilities need to provide a treatment plan to treat the multiple parts of a person in order to provide adequate patient care, especially to the …show more content…
First, a patient has additional problems that bother them and not only physical ailments. For example, an elderly person might be suffering from heart problems, but not recovering speedily because the individual might be depressed from getting older. If the doctor only looks at the physical pains of the heart problem; he or she would be missing the psychological problem, which might play a role in the heart condition. Looking at the problem of elderly patient care through two disciplines would provide more insight into what troubles them. It would allow others to see more and give a better perspective on how health care professionals and facilities can do more for their patients. “The focus of interdisciplinary research extends beyond a single disciplinary perspective” (Repko, 2012, p.15). The solution to this problem needs an interdisciplinary approach because it goes beyond one discipline. People are more than their physical being; they are made up of different aspects such as psychological, biological, and spiritual. This is why patient care should also focus on more than one area of treatment. The elderly have had a lifetime of ailments, so treatment should help them cope with their respective troubles. Another reason why a more successful patient care for the elderly merits an interdisciplinary approach is because one discipline is not enough to address the complex problem (2012, p. 53). If you look

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