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A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System Is Failing the Elderly by John Sloan

By John Sloan

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What’s worse than the failure of the health and wellbeing care procedure to thoroughly deal with seniors? the truth that it’s really doing them damage. In A sour Pill, Dr. John Sloan investigates the explanations why the scientific neighborhood is not able to supply lasting overall healthiness to seniors, concluding that inaccurate assumptions have ended in the present healthiness obstacle one of the aged.

In a amazing argument, Sloan contends that clinical measures dependent in prevention really do seniors extra damage than stable, diminishing their present caliber of existence within the hopes of stopping destiny affliction. Sloan continues that we needs to comprehend what these ailing actually need — the way to benefit from the ultimate phases in their lives. A helpful source for caregivers, nurses, medical professionals, and youngsters of the aged, this ebook may flip the tide of scientific false impression that has plagued the senior group.

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S. 0) Regarding psychological and cognitive status of older adults, the majority have no difficulty with long- or short-term memory and have no cognitive deficits. Only 4% of those age 65-75 and 25% of those over 80 years of age are estimated to have some cognitive dysfunction defined as dementia (Wills, 1993). Acquisition of new knowledge and skills is unaffected for healthy older people, although they tend not to learn as well as younger people when stressed or when time pressure is present. Less than 10% of elderly living in the community have significant mental illness (Palmore, 1990).

Although the number of circulating white blood cells remains about constant throughout life, nevertheless Page 9 evidence indicates that there is a progressive decline in function of both the B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes after reproductive maturity. T lymphocytes, though originating as bone marrow stem cells, migrate during human infancy to the thymus gland, where they mature to provide the endowment of T lymphocytes. Though stem cells retain proliferative capacity throughout a human lifetime, the mature T lymphocytes have finite doubling capacity.

The long bones of the limbs, by contrast, do not undergo appreciable shortening. Arm span, for example, remains unchanged. The elderly therefore have the appearance of extremities that are long relative to their trunks. This trend is further exacerbated by postural changes in the elderlya tendency toward slight flexion of the knees and hips. Another change relating to the skeletal structure is a continuing enlargement of the skull. Head circumference is 2% greater for those age 65 than those age 20.

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