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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 Zollinger-Ellison 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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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 ASSOCIATED WITH AGING

Issues Associated With Aging
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ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH AGING

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Issues Associated With Aging
Aging is a natural process through which every human being passes. The process is
accompanied by changes in the physical, mental, and emotional states of an individual which
makes them susceptible to different medical, physical, and mental issues. Such issues become
more defined as an individual reaches and exceeds the age of sixty-five. With the number of
people over this age rising constantly and projected to maintain this rising trend, it is paramount
that they are well prepared to handle and deal with the changes in their mental, physical, and
mental conditions. It is also crucial that medical care for this group is availed. This essay
highlights some of the medical, mental, and physical health issues facing the population segment
aged sixty-five and above and makes recommendations for both the aging population and the
healthcare professionals specializing in their care to prepare for these issues.
County Demographics
The population segment aged sixty-five and above is rising; in fact, by the year 2030,
according to the United States Census Bureau (2018), it is projected that one in every five people
will be past retirement age. This rising number of older adults is reflected across different
counties. In Broome County, for instance, the proportion of the population aged sixty-five years
and above according to a census is 20.7%. Specifically, those aged between sixty and sixty-four
years are eight thousand, and eleven. The highest number of people within the population
segment in question are aged between sixty-five and seventy-four. This group is followed by
those aged between seventy-five and eighty-four who are twelve thousand, one hundred and
eighty-two.

ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH AGING

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Half of this elderly population in the county is limited by chronic conditions. Close to
seven percent of the elderly in the county live below the poverty level with slightly more than
eleven percent considered near poor. Social security is the main source of income for the
segment of the population under consideration. Slightly more than thirty percent of the seniors
live alone although different forms of supportive care such as nursing homes are available in the
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