The Chronically Disabled Elderly in Society

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CHAPTER 5
Implications

This work has looked at selected chronic health conditions of the elderly, focusing on their influence on both the micro and macro aspects of social living. This focus has been illuminated through examples wherever possible to dramatize the effects of these health problems on the person, the family, peers, activities of social living, involvement of concerned professionals beyond their job assignments, involvement of organizations or institutions, involvement of government at any level, and the involvement of health insurances.

The examples of beginning Alzheimer's and older adults with mental retardation indicate how important is it for both informal and formal care givers to be aware of cognitive problems in their early manifestations. The care givers also need to be understanding and/or knowledgeable about the expressed needs of the affected person in order to be most helpful in the early stages of Alzheimer's and long before the old age of the retarded person.

The examples of family care givers very clearly indicate the need for formal care givers to be aware of the needs of family members as well as knowledgeable about the health problems. Formal care givers need to be able to admit lack of knowledge and refer or consult appropriately, as needed.

Who the peers of the cognitively impaired are needs further exploration and study if social functioning while impaired is to be enhanced. Are the peers of Alzheimer patients those who were peers before the onset of this disease? Or are peers those who function at

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions to the Study of Aging ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 Cognitive Disability 9
  • Chapter 3 Hearing Disability 51
  • Chapter 4 - Motor Disability 87
  • Chapter 5 Implications 115
  • Bibliography 127
  • Index 137
  • About the Author 143
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