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York University
Kinesiology & Health Science
KINE 3350
Kathy Broderick

9/26/2013 8:33:00 AM Continued from last lecture 2. Income (continued)  Elderly with an Average Income People with $30,000 o Many are married, but the wife hadn’t worked o They are on a fixed income (most ppl have pension) o These ppl are very unlucky – because a lot of them put their money in the stock market, which eventually crashed (so they lost a lot of money) o So if they arent at the high end of the avg income (~80,000$) they will still be working today  Elderly with Money o Worked hard and saved money o Can give their kids a good inheritance o Some ppl with A LOT of money (trillions) give money to things like research and education i.e. Schulich, Peter Munk  Middle age and Finances o Freedom 55: ppl who have inheritance from their parents – they can retire at 55, because they have enough money o Freedom 75: don’t gather inheritance, have to keep working, weren’t saving, want to get out of debt before they retire  Freedom 75 is more realistic than Freedom 55 3. Ethno-Cultural Groups  Language is a major thing with these ppl (a lot of women don’t talk English)  Problems with health care o Some ethnic women don’t want to get medical screenings for cancers 4. Aboriginal Seniors  Seniors that live on reserves have a longer life expectancy than those that go into the city (2 years longer) – but they live until 55 (so a little higher than ppl in 3d world countries)  They have 4x the health problems – diabetes, obesity, TB, heart disease, etc.  Suicide rate is 6x higher  Very susceptible to elder abuse  They have very few health care workers that are Aboriginal – they don’t understand the culture or language; when put in the nursing homes, they are not cared for the way they need to be 5. Seniors in rural communities, suburbs and cities  Ppl in cities have more health problems but live longer, because they have more access to health care  In the suburbs – older ppl are trapped in their homes, bc malls are so far away from their houses – you need to drive (not the best area for seniors)  Rural – ppl are sicker there; they have a lower cost of living, but limited access to health care so there is a higher death rate in the rural areas 6. Loneliness  Some elderly are lonely – can happen if you live in a city or in the rural  Our culture is vulnerable to loneliness – family structure may not be there, extended families don’t exist  More women are lonely than men, bc they live longer  Loneliness can lead to health problems – CVD, heart disease, depression  Shrinking world – as you get older, you have less interaction with the rest of the world  Family doctors should be aware of if old ppl are lonely, since it can lead to health problems  Some old ppl have dealt with their loneliness – watches TV and pretends that you are apart of the talk shows  Japanese – they go shop lifting if they are lonely – they get caught, picked up by cops, and they get to talk to ppl 7. Boredom  Very stressful to be bored – you arent engaged  Can become chronic and leads to depression  In nursing homes, boredom is found often 8. Hoarding  1/20 old ppl are hoarders  both men and women  Have mental
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