Spiritual Distress As A Concern Essay

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Spiritual Distress as a Concern to the Elderly
The face of the future may or may not be that of unprecedented intelligence, limitless technology, and infinite possibilities, however it is sure that whatever the face of the future may look like, it will most certainly be much older. The life expectancy of the individual is increasing worldwide, with elderly (those at and above the age of 65) expected to nearly double in the next 30 years to 1.3 billion and thus constitute 31% of the entire population. In the U.S. alone, the Census Bureau projects that the population of Americans age 65 and older will more than double in the next 40 years, from roughly 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050. Furthermore, individuals reaching 65 years of age can anticipate living an average of 18 additional years and thus the proportion of the oldest - the group over age 85 - will grow to more than 9.3 million by 2030 (Haugan, Hanssen, & Moksnes, 2013). Despite the increasing prevalence of the elderly and their needs in the global front, research on the unique medical challenges faced by such a population is surprisingly sparse. Challenges uniquely heightened in this population include loss, loneliness, depression, vulnerability, stress, and complications resulting from multi-dimensional, often bleak medical diagnosis. The need is not small: it has been noted that the suicide rate among people over 75 is over one and a half times higher than the average rate of suicide and…

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