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HLTHAGE 1AA3 Lecture Notes - Old Age, Social Capital, Chronic Lung Disease

Health, Aging and Society
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Geraldine Voros

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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
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
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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
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