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You have been hired as a Gerontological Consultant by your county's health department to educate the County Commissioners on aging. You have been asked to develop an executive summary that highlights the most prominent medical, mental, and physical issues affecting the population segment aged 65 and older in the United States.

Your goal is to educate these leaders on the issues surrounding their aging population. Using the electronic resources available to you, research the following data to develop your executive summary:

  • County demographics (such as geographic location, population details, census details)
  • Details on the population segment aged 65 and older in your selected county (such as population breakdown, residence preferences, and average annual income)
  • What medical, mental, and physical issues are affecting the population segment aged 65 and older in the United States? Be sure to support your assertions with credible facts.
  • Recommendations for the aging population to prepare for these issues
  • Recommendations for gerontological professionals to prepare for these issues


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Aging is a natural process that begins at birth. As individuals age, they experience various medical, mental, and physical issues, ranging from Alzheimer's disease to ZollingerEllison syndrome. Understanding these many issues are important elements of effective leadership in a gerontological setting. You have been hired as a Gerontological Consultant by your county's health department to educate the County Commissioners on aging. You have been asked to develop an executive summary that highlights the most prominent medical, mental, and physical issues affecting the population segment aged 65 and older in the United States. Your goal is to educate these leaders on the issues surrounding their aging population. Using the electronic resources available to you, research the following data to develop your executive summary: • • • • • County demographics (such as geographic location, population details, census details) Details on the population segment aged 65 and older in your selected county (such as population breakdown, residence preferences, and average annual income) What medical, mental, and physical issues are affecting the population segment aged 65 and older in the United States? Be sure to support your assertions with credible facts. Recommendations for the aging population to prepare for these issues Recommendations for gerontological professionals to prepare for these issues Your submission must be formatted according to APA 6th edition standards, including the proper use of headers, citations, references, and direct quotes. ...
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Running head: ISSUES AFFECTING THE AGING POPULATION

Issues Affecting the Aging Population:
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ISSUES AFFECTING THE AGING POPULATION

Aging is an inevitable process making it the preserve of all living things. As the process
takes place in the life of living things, human beings, in particular, their bodily functions slow
down causing a myriad of physical, mental, psychological, and other medical issues among the
aging persons. Though these issues which include conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and
changes such as slower removal of toxins and waste from the blood by the kidneys become more
prominent as one ages, some manifest earlier than others. Additionally, these changes occur in
the aging population at different rates, with some senior citizens experiencing them earlier than
their counterparts. This essay highlights some statistics relating to the population segment aged
over sixty-five and above in Sumter County and discusses common medical, mental, and
physical issues affecting this segment of the population in the United States.
Following the appointment as the Gerontological Consultant for Sumter County, it is
imperative that I understand the demographics of the region to identify the number of its
residents aged sixty-five and above. Sumter County is in Florida, a state popular with retirees
making it one of the grayest states in the United States. In 2015, its population was 114, 350,
with its retirement community considerably large. In fact, the county has the highest number of
people aged sixty-five and above in the United States according to a 2015 report by Pew
Research which puts the percentage of these senior citizens at close to fifty-three. Compared to
the national figure for the same which is fifteen percent, making the number of residents aged
sixty-five and above in the United States forty-nine million and two hundred thousand according
to the United States Census Bureau, the population of senior citizens in Sumter County is
considerably high. It is therefore imperative that the health department in the county understands
the issues facing this segment of the population to ensure that its healthcare institutions and
policies serve their needs effectively.

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ISSUES AFFECTING THE AGING POPULATION

Issues Affecting Older Adults in the United States
The population segment in question, as a consequence of the aging process, faces
different health concerns, among them mental health issues, physical issues, and other medical
concerns. First, older adults, who make up the fastest-growing segment of the population in the
country, face both mental and behavioral health problems according to the American
Psychological Association (APA). The a...

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