Normative and non-normative life events impact older adults and their abilities to copein dealing with significant change in health or a loss of a spouse. One such event, the end of life, can be considered normative or non-normative depending on the circumstances. The end of life can present difficult issues for family members. It’s a matter of perspective. Some people view death as a natural part of life, but for others, it can be a very controversial issue. Each family member has his or her own view regarding how end-of-life issues should be dealt with, and sometimes society doesn’t agree with those views
• Explain from a comparative standpoint how coping strategies may differ between older and younger adults. Research the coping strategies that older adults employ. How are these strategies used to deal with such stressors as the loss of a spouse or a significant change in health? Compare and contrast the coping strategies of older and younger adults.
• Briefly describe the differences between hospice and death with dignity laws. Explain how these different perspectives on end-of-life issues might impact an end-of-life scenario. Consider the perspectives of the individual who is dying, as well as the various family members. Include the Kübler-Ross model in your explanation.
Justify your answers with appropriate reasoning and research from your text and course readings. Comment on the postings of at least two peers, and provide an analysis of each peer’s postings while also suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response.
Comorbidity is the presence of two or more conditions or diseases that occur at the same time. For older adults, geriatric depression seems to be comorbid with other health conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, alcohol abuse, and diabetes. Another presenting issue is the onset of chronic disorders that cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is cognitive and functional impairment that results from several different diseases and conditions.Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Although a relatively small number of cases of Alzheimer’s are diagnosed in individuals under the age of 60 (early-onset Alzheimer’s disease), late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (occurring in patients after age 60) is the more prevalent variety. The impact of Alzheimer’s disease, like the other chronic diseases that cause dementia, is significant not only for the individual but also for the family members as well.
• Explain why the rate of depression may be higher in older adults, based on the presence of comorbid conditions. Research statistical information regarding geriatric depression and describe some of the more common treatment options.
• Research the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the family in regards to care-providing and socioeconomic costs. Explain how the family dynamics may change in relation to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s. Describe some of the psychological and emotional challenges a family member may face when caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
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