Aging Population: Increase In Health Care

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Demographic Paper No Name HCS 490 September 12, 2011 Dr. Lieberman Demographic Paper Introduction (aging population) Many of our aging population use services and medical devices to stay healthy and safe in their own home. Others included in this age demographic are healthier and more active however are managing their chronic health issues independently with support groups and group exercise classes to stave off the effects of aging. Regardless, the total healthcare costs incurred by this aging population are increasing every year within this growing demographic. A growing trend of chronic disease wellness programs are being offered across the country. These programs help improve overall health, manage…show more content…
Programs that were in place for the care of people who cannot afford to pay are being considered for cuts and many people are uncertain how they will care for themselves when the time comes. Elderly suicide is real and prevalent and some consider this to be a viable option for not ‘burdening’ the system or their families. Identify two key health care-related challenges to this population, such as increases in health care costs, or the need for in-home medical care. “The need for in-home care that will keep people safe and healthy in their own homes is a growing necessity.” (Garrett, N., & Martini, E. 2007) In our society, we will continue to see a rise in the utilization of both of these programs. Many do not realize how cost effective it is to have services in their own home and are quickly moved into an assisted living community by their families without even considering other options. Many people move, become depressed and give up hope of a life they aspired and dreamt of living. Others utilize this help and programs and thrive until the end of their life. Describe how a chronic disease wellness program may affect the costs for this…show more content…
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