Teaching Elderly Clients

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Teaching Elderly Clients

Health education has become a widely discussed and debated topic in the healthcare circle in particular, and in the society in general. This is attributed to increased awareness among the individuals, brought on by increased education and exposure to increased access to means such as satellite channels dedicated to providing health-related news, the internet, health publications, the establishment of health and diseases societies, etc. In the paragraphs to follow, the health education of elderly clients and the related issues are discussed.

Normal Changes of Aging for Elderly Clients

The process of aging is ongoing, and there is no getting away with it. When we are young, aging leads to our growth and maturation. Most of the human abilities reach the epitome before 30, while the growth of other abilities goes on through life. While aging normally, human bodies undergo a variety of changes. Some of these are the thinning and graying of hair, thinning and sagging of skin, losing elasticity in the process, and the functioning of the bodily organs deteriorates. An example of such deterioration of bodily functioning is the decrease in the production of digestive enzymes in the gastrointestinal system, thus reducing the ability of the human body to absorb nutrition from food.

Besides these changes, normal aging also brings changes in skin, hair, hearing, vision, metabolism rate, sleep, bones, lungs, kidneys, heart and brain functioning, and physical and sexual activity. However, it must be kept in mind that experiences of all these changes are not harmful to the individuals.


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