By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
No box of research extra thoroughly integrates the mature individual over the existence direction than does gerontology. realizing senior citizens-who characterize a continuously transforming into population-is turning into more and more very important. getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces readers to gerontology in a compassionate manner that is helping them comprehend older humans and know the way to paintings with them. The booklet balances educational learn and sensible discussions, integrating social and cultural views with the tale of the person getting older procedure. actions and improve reader's knowing and talents via supplying many possibilities for experiential studying.
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So don’t use this as your only barometer. Diabetes in older people creeps up on them with many of the symptoms being masked by the process of aging. Make sure your parents have a blood sugar level test (prick on the finger) as part of their annual cholesterol exams. The doctor will probably recommend some lifestyle change—like losing weight, exercising, and following a diabetic diet. Insulin therapy might also be in order, which will stimulate insulin secretion to get those fuel levels regulated.
But I know the real reason—it’s just hard to admit it when I’ve just turned 50. But hey, there’s President Clinton sporting a hearing aid. Of course, he has a cool reason for it: too many loud concerts in the 1960s. The fact of the matter is, hearing loss begins earlier than we think. By the time your parents and their friends made it to their 60s—one out of three already had significant hearing loss. Half of everyone over 75 Chapter 2 ➤ Getting to Know a Different Body years has a real hard time hearing.
It’s still a taboo topic for many people. Even physicians! Studies have found that many docs don’t ask their older patients during exams about possible incontinence. And far too many doctors haven’t had any training on how to treat it. So you really have to push on this one. Just letting your parents know how lots of their friends are probably going through the same thing, that it can be reversible, and that it could be a sign of something they don’t want to ignore can help them get past the embarrassment factor.
Aging, the Individual, and Society by Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow