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Test 2 Lecture Topics and Textbook Chapters Lecture 5: Longevity, Health, Functioning (Chapter 5) Lecture 6: Mental Health (Chapter 6) Lecture 7: Neurocognitive Disorders (Chapter 7)
Based on the core principles of:
Older adults are frequent users of healthcare
Despite this, the per capita spending on older adult healthcare has actually decreased between 1998 and 2009
The belief that older adults are “to blame” for increases in health expenditures is likely to reflect ageism
Older adults’ healthcare use is strongly related to comorbidity
It seems that the general growth in the population, increased costs of delivering healthcare (e.g., increased wages of healthcare professionals, increased physician fees), and increases in utilization of general health services (e.g., increased use of diagnostic services) across all age ranges have contributed to increases in health expenditures (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2011b).
Older adults with three or more chronic conditions had almost three times the number of healthcare visits than older adults with no chronic conditions (Canadian Institute of Health Information, 2011a). Older adults with three or more chronic conditions also reported significantly more visits to allied healthcare professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, and counsellors and nearly twice the rate of visits to specialist physicians, pharmacists, and dietitians as older adults who self-reported only one chronic condition (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2011a).