The Elderly Population Group: A Major Health Need
Even though harmful environments and specific circumstances have reduced the duration of human life, it still remains at the high level. People were unable to live u to 90 about 200-300 years ago, but now it is a norm that people celebrate their 80-90 years anniversaries. Such a good tendency raises concern about the increase of the number of aged population in the country. The World Health Organization website states that the main problem which exists in modern society is that aging people have to adapt to the existing health issues. However, the longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates should become the reasons for reconsidering the system of healthcare and developing the programs and policies aimed at creating particular conditions appropriate for elderly people. The increased number of aged people may become the pusher “for public health policies and for socioeconomic development in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security” (Ageing, 2011, n.p.) referring more to restructuring rather than to adaptation.
New legislation should be created in order to meet the needs of the elderly people in health services at home. Many people have a negative attitude to home nursing even though it should become an inevitable part of aging health care in the future. Thus, it is necessary to restructure the whole home nursing system in order to make sure that aging population is satisfied. Interdisciplinary education should be the first step conducted after adopting a new legislation in relation to the needs of aging people in home nursing (Clark, 1999). Elderly people should understand that the service is created specially for meeting their needs and not as the part of urgent assistance which it is at the moment.
Ageing. (2011). World Health Organization. Web.
Clark, P. G. (1999). Service-Learning Education in Community-Academic Partnerships: Implications for Interdisciplinary. Educational Gerontology, 25(7), 641.