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Geriatrics (Health and Medical Issues Today) by Carol Leth Stone

By Carol Leth Stone

In keeping with the U.S. Census Bureau, the speed of progress of the aged population—defined as members age sixty five or greater—increased through an element of eleven long ago century, from three million in 1900 to 33 million in 1994. in the course of the comparable period of time, the whole inhabitants basically tripled. by way of the yr 2030, there'll be approximately seventy two million older people, or approximately 1 in five one of the American population—more than two times their quantity in 2000. essentially, geriatrics is a subject of significant curiosity and significance to coverage makers, scientific services, caregivers, and contributors of the final population.In this booklet, lifelong author Carol Leth Stone offers a discussion board that enables readers to appreciate how one "comes to phrases" with getting older utilizing real-life examples of healthcare difficulties, monetary traps, and emotional problems corresponding to grieving or emotions of isolation. Geriatrics is approachable and easy-to-read, but additionally actual and authoritative.

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Freed of working for others, many begin working for themselves or immerse themselves in hobbies. There is time to relax, enjoy grandchildren, and travel. However, a happy retirement depends on having a modest amount of money—or, for some people, a great deal of money—and good health. Chronic diseases and failing hearing or vision can cause retirement to be an unhappy time. Even for those who are healthy and financially secure, retirement marks the end of a major phase of life. Some may joke that “at least aging can’t last forever,” but that is scant comfort.

MEDICAL ISSUES 43 Ethnic groups differ in mortality rates from breast cancer: Since 1975, the mortality rate for white women has decreased, but it has increased for African American women. The reasons are unclear; access to care, poverty level, and education may be contributing factors. There is good news about five-year survival rates. For nearly every age and ethnic group, the survival rates have increased. The five-year survival rate is 86% for women who are 65 or older. This survival rate is higher than that in younger women, which may be because breast cancer in elderly women tends to be less aggressive.

Erectile dysfunction, for example, makes it impossible for a man to maintain a penile erection that is firm enough for intercourse. “Curing” erectile dysfunction is not necessary in most cases. If treatment fails to restore youthful functioning, the elderly should realize they can be happily sexual with simple attitudinal changes. Accepting a partial erection, couples can use fingers, tongues, and sex toys to bring about orgasms. Women’s reactions are most important for a man’s recognition of his limitations.

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