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Lecture 7

HLSC 1F90 Lecture 7: Aging

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Health Sciences
Kelli-an Lawrance

Week 7 October 27, 2016 WhAging, Health and community  Youth (15-24 years) in Canada, most likely to suffer from mental illness  In 2020, predicted mental health will be #1 disability The Mindfulness Experiment:  Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally  Getting out of mindlessness o (almost) always in the ‘story in our head’ o Ruminating on the past or worrying about the future  Why choose mindful and not mindless? o Why mindfulness is a super power video (animated)   Neuroscience research o Meditation can literally change your brain  Fight or flight response, grey matter in brain helps with productivity and focus  Practice meditation to be more mindful  Who she is: o PhD in public health  Research:  Social scientist  Gerontologist  Qualitative health research  Community based research Place Matters; Aging, Health and Community:  Despite increasing disability and limited financial resources; o A life filled with joy, laughter and adventure o A life lives with dignity  Unlocking the secrets of a good old age  What was Brownie’s secret? o Broke most age-proofing “rules” according to textbook o Community, genetics, psychology, happiness o Her neighborhood  Neighbors/friends  Valued and respected community member  Support – physical, social, emotional  Walkable  Pubs and café’s Place matters:  Environments effect health  Environments are places where we live, work and play  Environments are social and physical spaces o Places aren’t just “backdrops” to life, not just geographical Week 7 October 27, 2016  Neighborhoods are a key place of aging (environment)  Clicker Question: Other “key places of aging” as described in the reading include: the body, the home, institutions, and retirement communities o True  Why focus here? Rationale for Aging and Neighbourhood o For the first time ever we have more people over 65 than under the age of 20  Historical age pyramid o Baby boom increasing old age, never had to deal with this much old age before Aging in Place:  People want to age in place: grow old in their own home, own neighbourhood  92% of seniors in Canada live at home in private households  Also: limited public dollars- increasing concern of the economic “burden” of seniors living in nursing home and using healthcare dollars  Pressure from older adult activists – the “raging grannies”  This will necessitate new government policies and changes in general attitudes to older adults  Health is a resource for everyday life that includes physical, social and psychological elements  Health is more than the absence of disease and more than the object of living Aging is:  A normal process: changes – physical, soc
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