Older Adults Case Study

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1A) There are multiple ways in which the health of older adults is different from other age groups. First, they often have multiple health problems at once, which can be difficult to diagnose the actual conditions and provide the proper care. Next, especially since many doctors are not specialists in geriatrics, it may be hard to determine if a symptom is related to a disease or normal aging of the body and overdiagnosis often occurs. Thirdly, because of how the body changes as one ages, different types of medications and dosages may be necessary to help alleviate pain or fight a disease. Finally, the overall health of older adults is worse than the younger generations, especially in regards to chronic diseases where it is best to relive the …show more content…
First, since it is often difficult to treat the many complex conditions that they may have, some think it is best to do minimal treatment if there is little chance of long-term survival. Also, because many members of the elderly population have incurable chronic diseases, government officials may feel it is best to not focus on trying to relieve the pain or symptoms and focus on the conditions of the younger generations because they will probably die from these conditions soon anyways. In regards to the health care of seniors, less money of the government budget will need to be allocated to Medicare and the treatment of seniors will decrease in quality. In addition, more time will be spent with patients who are younger in order to give them the proper care versus the elderly adults who are not expected to live much …show more content…
It describes how certain treatments that are often strongly recommended by physicians are not as truly necessary as they seem. Many have been proven to not make a significant difference in one’s health, but some even cause more dangerous conditions in the long run. For instance, cholinesterase inhibitors may slightly reduce the effects of dementia, but patients can develop other significant problems such as nausea and diarrhea. Other examples similar to this are appetite stimulants, mammograms and colon cancer screenings, and the use of restraints in nursing homes and hospitals when not truly necessary. Also, doctors need to be aware of the other medications a patient is taking in order to not cause other conditions when the prescriptions interact. By spending money on these types of treatment that may actually be detrimental to a person, doctors are wasting valuable resources that could be used for other important medical purposes. Some of the drugs listed in the article do not always improve patients’ lives and I feel it is crucial to focus on what is certain to make a

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