The elderlypopulation needs attention based on the fact that their families areworking, and thus there is the need to balance between the two.Health attention should be embraced since they are prone to healthrisk factors. For instance, diabetes and blood pressure is among thediseases that elderly populations are diagnosed with. The paper aimsto discuss elderly population on demographics, socioeconomic, healthrisk factors, and environmental hazards.
Criteriafor inclusion and exclusion
The criterion thatdefines the elderly population is an individual aged 60 years andabove excluding individuals aged 49 to 59. This is based on the factthat individual when they attain 60 years are unable to work whileothers are active and thus there is the need to provide care.
The population thatwould be studied are individual aged 60 years, and they must be fromthe United States including the Native Americans, Hispanic, AfricanAmerican and white and other small ethnic community in the UnitedStates. The study will consider both male and female elderly underthe inclusion without considering the economic status of theindividuals. The level of education among the elderly will not hinderthem to be given the assistance that they deserve. If the level ofincome is high, the elderly will be vetted, and if he or she has thecapability to live a standard life, then there is no need to provideassistance (Publications, 2005). Others are employed, but they cannotsustain their life for long so they can be assisted accordingly.
The socioeconomicstatus of the elderly includes education, income level, and theoccupation. Since the elderly having been working for a longer periodand they have the required education background that made it possibleto be employed in white color jobs that pay well their income levelis high. For instance, for individual to be assisted he or she musthave been working and paid less than $ 600 in monthly and $50,000yearly. With a payment worth $50,000 yearly it implies that anemployee can save and thus possible to afford standard life when heor she cease to work.
Since at the age of60 years individual have health risk factors that are associated withobesity there is the need to provide assistance to them. They aresupposed to enroll in insurance coverage that provides assistance incase of poor health. Apart from Affordable Care Act there is the needto incorporate other insurance coverage to the elderly due to highhealth risk factors (Davidson, n.d.). Additionally, some elderlyindividuals need special care based on the fact that others are onwheelchairs and thus they need to join homecare’s that will providecare.
The elderlyexperience breathing problems like asthma that has resulted in deathwhen they attain 60 years. Due to environmental hazards that are ahealth risk factor the elderly should be accommodated in places thatare not prone to environmental hazards. When the elderly enroll todaycares, they are looked properly and thus they cannot be exposed topoor climatic conditions that risk their health.
It is the role ofthe families to ensure that they provide assistance to the elderly sothat they can live longer. Medical attentions are needed,additionally they should ensure that they are not exposed to lifechallenging issues. Race of individual should not be a factor thatshould make the elderly not be assisted in case they need help.
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Publications, I. (2005). American health: Demographics andspending of health care consumers. Ithaca, N.Y.: New StrategistPublications.