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McMaster University
Health, Aging and Society
Geraldine Voros

An Introduction to Health Studies  Looking at health and illness o Culturally, socially, political and economic dimensions that extent well beyond bio-medical perspective  How we live  Are we doing the best job better? What can make it better? What can make it worse?  People who have higher levels of education and higher income live longer o That is not biomedical o This is something that happened to you while you live  Dead zones: low levels of education, low income: no income have the highest death rate  Work together to see what it is what makes us health and makes us live a longer life o How me make decisions Methods used in Health Studies Quantitative: Stats Qualitative: Narrative  We know how people used to live and we see how their life styles lead to disease and illness Centers for Disease Control (Designated Causes of Death) 1. Heart Disease 2 2. Phenomena 6 3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 9 4. HIV/Aids 3 5. Cancer 1 6. Stroke 4 7. Tuberculosis 8 8. Influenza 5 9. Diabetes 7 1. Heart Disease 2. Cancer 3. Cerebrovascular disease 4. Chronic lung disease 5. Unintentional injuries 6. Diabetes 7. Flu 8. Altzimers 9. Kidney Disease Actual Causes of Death 1. Smoking 1 2. Accidents 3 3. Alcohol 4 4. Unhealthy eating 2 5. Drugs 4 6. Old age 6 7. Lack of exercise 10 8. Poverty 5 9. Carnsogen 8 10.Exposure to x ray etc 8 11.Genetics 11 12.Unprotected sex 9 13.Mental health/ suicide 7 9. drug 8. sexual behavior 7. guns (accident) 6. motor vehicle accident 5. toxic agents 4. microbial elements 3. alcohol consumtion 2. diet and physical activity 1. smoking  How we live our lives and the affects from living it poorly  We can avoid most of them  Looking at better health, and if there are personal practices of not drinking not drinking eating healthy will better our society and health over all What can we discover? Stone article o Looking at 5 people with resources and seeing which one should be prioritized on who should get treatment first o We go into our own values and thought process to see what would be the best way to go at helping these people o Did we discriminate the prostitute because of our own values and thought on prostitution o Making your decision based on information and values we have acquired and not thought about before o Each country makes these decisions on how we accommodate people and how we look at health care o How we share a chocolate cake is like how you share health care distribution o Competing visions on how that cake should be divided in that class  Equal slices but unequal invitations  Equal invitations but unequal slices  Half to men and half to women even if there is more women in the class that have to split it  Everyone an equal slice and let everyone get it, but not everyone might get a piece or the nicest piece at the end  Cut pieces and pull numbers out of a hat and if your number is called you get a piece  You get a piece if you participate o We have a very important process of decision making that is no longer simple  We have to take many variables into consideration  You have to consult with many people o Is there some type of bias in your decision making o Unaymous consensus will pull different perspectives and thoughts form different people A. We have to look at how the equity is define  Is this being fair  How do we define fair B. Efficieny/ Cost effectiveness  Looking at the inpu
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