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By Carol Leth Stone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the speed of development of the aged population—defined as contributors age sixty five or greater—increased via an element of eleven long ago century, from three million in 1900 to 33 million in 1994. through the similar period of time, the complete inhabitants basically tripled. via the yr 2030, there'll be approximately seventy two million older people, or approximately 1 in five one of the American population—more than two times their quantity in 2000. essentially, geriatrics is a subject of important curiosity and value to coverage makers, scientific companies, caregivers, and contributors of the overall population.

In this ebook, lifelong author Carol Leth Stone provides a discussion board that enables readers to appreciate how one "comes to phrases" with getting older utilizing real-life examples of healthcare difficulties, monetary traps, and emotional problems reminiscent of grieving or emotions of isolation. GeriatricS≪/i> is approachable and easy-to-read, but additionally exact and authoritative.

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SMOKING Chemicals in tobacco pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream of smokers and soon reach the heart, which then beats more forcefully and speedily. At the same time, the blood vessels constrict, and the passages 24 GERIATRICS are narrowed. These changes lead to hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition, the narrowed blood vessels are more likely to be blocked by a clot. Smoking also lowers the amount of high-density (“good”) lipoprotein in the blood and leads to atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaques in the vessels.

For instance, they may suffer from diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. Some postmenopausal women take estrogen to relieve the symptoms of menopause, and many men and women take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease. People may take 15 or 20 pills and capsules a day, even if they are relatively healthy. Monitoring all these drugs and their possible interactions is extremely difficult for a physician who may be limited to spending 15 minutes on each patient visit.

As a result, more of the elderly are keeping their natural teeth. Because they anchor the teeth, the gums are extremely important. If plaque builds up beneath the gum line, it can cause infection. Gum disease, 18 GERIATRICS called gingivitis, makes the gums tender, and they may bleed. If gingivitis or other gum diseases are serious, they may have to be treated by a dentist or dental surgeon. In the early stages of gum disease, the gums can be repaired by daily brushing and flossing. Later, gum disease can lead to infections that ruin the teeth, the gums, and even the bones underlying the gums, so that the teeth must be removed.

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